News Release
July 16, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Three in Iowa Sentenced on Drug Charges

JUL 16 -- Des Moines, IA - On July 11, 2008, Catalina Irma Ramirez, age 43; was sentenced to 67 months imprisonment. Joeray Trevino, age 44, was sentenced to 130 months imprisonment and Armenio Ramirez Dominguez-Marroquinn, age 18, was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment. All defendants plead guilty to drug charges as part of a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Ottumwa, Iowa area, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.Whitaker. United States District Judge Ronald E. Longstaff also ordered each to serve a term of three to five years supervised release following his imprisonment, along with an order to pay an assessment of $100 to the Crime Victim Fund assessment of $100 each. Another conspirator, Duglas Ramirez-Dominguez, age 30, was previously sentenced to a term of 90 months imprisonment.

In September, 2007, all entered pleas of guilty to the conspiracy charge. At the time of their pleas they stipulated that as a part of the conspiracy, the Defendants took trips to Arkansas to obtain methamphetamine and brought it back to Iowa. Further, they assisted in the distribution of methamphetamine in the Southern District of Iowa.

This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa. This case was investigated by the South Central Iowa Task Force, the South East Iowa Task Force, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Iowa State Patrol.