Woodbury County man sentenced to 123 months in Federal prison for meth conspiracy after ICE HSI, law enforcement partners investigation

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Fabian Alcaraz-Santillan, 25, from Sioux City, Iowa, was sentenced on Jan. 31. 2022 to 123 months in federal prison following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), joint law enforcement partner investigation.

Alcaraz-Santillan pled guilty on Sept 8, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

At the hearings, evidence showed that from August 2020 through Sept. 11, 2020, Alcaraz-Santillan and others conspired to distribute more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine in the Sioux City area. Alcaraz-Santillan received multiple packages of methamphetamine concealed in women’s corsets from Mexico with the intent for further distribution.

Sentencing was held before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Alcaraz-Santillan was sentenced to 123 months imprisonment and must serve a 5-year term of supervised release following imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. Alcaraz-Santillan remains in custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, that consists of law enforcement personnel from Homeland Security Investigations; the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick T. Greenwood.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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