SIOUX CITY—A 29-year-old Inwood man who conspired to distribute methamphetamine has been sentenced to four years in federal prison.
Jose Ignacio Leanos was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 8, in Sioux City by U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard Strand to 48 months of imprisonment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.
Leanos also must serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
He is being held in the U.S. Marshals Service’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
Leanos received the prison term after pleading guilty on March 18 to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
He admitted that from about 2017 through April 2018, he and others distributed more than 50 pounds of meth in Lyon County and surrounding areas.
In April 2018, Leanos distributed nearly a pound of pure methamphetamine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement and at the time possessed more than five pounds.
Evidence at the sentencing hearing further showed that he and others imported meth from Mexico to distribute in Iowa.
The case was prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorney Shawn Wehde and investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City.
The task force is made up of law enforcement personnel from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Marshals Service; Sioux City Police Department; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; Woodbury County Attorney’s Office; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; South Sioux City Police Department in Nebraska; Nebraska State Patrol; and South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.