Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Ottumwa Man Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison on Drug Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

 DES MOINES, IA – On June 30, 2021, an Ottumwa man was sentenced to 19 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in violation of federal law. In February 2021, following a two-day trial, a jury found the defendant guilty of the two firearm charges. Defendant had previously pleaded guilty to the drug charges.

According to court documents and proceedings, Hector Ramon Iglesias Tovar of Ottumwa, age 35, was involved in trafficking over 1.5 kilograms of “ice” methamphetamine, in Ottumwa and elsewhere. He possessed an Anderson AR 15 rifle and a Springfield XD .45 handgun in furtherance of drug trafficking. Because defendant was unlawfully in the United States his possession of these firearms was also a violation of federal law.

Iglesias’ co-defendant, David Lemley, also of Ottumwa, was sentenced in May 2021 to 84 months in prison for his plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Acting United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement.

The investigation was conducted by the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force, the Ottumwa Police Department, the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations.

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