News Release
November 26, 2007
DEA Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Melvin Parra-Acosta Sentenced to Eleven Years for Distributing Methamphetamine

NOV 26 --DES Moines, IA - United States Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker announced that, MELVIN PARRA-ACOSTA, age 40, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine in western Iowa. Senior United States District Judge Ronald E. Longstaff also ordered Parra-Acosta to serve a five year term of supervised release following incarceration and ordered him to pay an assessment of $100 to the Crime Victim Fund.

On March 30, 2007, Parra-Acosta entered a guilty plea to conspiring to distributing methamphetamine in western Iowa between January 2006 and July 2006. Parra-Acosta is one of fourteen people involved in the network that distributed methamphetamine received from Mexico, through Omaha, and into western Iowa.

Previously sentenced in this case are the following individuals: Angela Wise was sentenced to 168 months on July 27, 2007; Michelle Newton was sentenced to 120 months on August 24, 2007; Kent Merksick was sentenced to 160 months on September 17, 2007; Kenneth Russell McCoy (also known as Kenneth Russell Ragland) was sentenced to 216 months on September 24, 2007; Carol Ann Wheeler was sentenced to 170 months on October 12, 2007; Steven Dale Bascue was sentenced to 168 months on October 26, 2007; and Travis Lebanouski was sentenced to 97 months on November 2, 2007.

The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs, Iowa Police Department, the SWINE Task Force, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.