Two men will spend more than a decade in prison for admitting to drug trafficking. Forty-seven-year-old Manuel Pinon of Des Moines reached a plea agreement where he admitted to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He admitted to delivering money from the sale of meth to the meth suppliers.
Pinon was sentenced to 164 months in prison on the drug charge, and given a 60 month sentence to follow that for possessing a gun during the crime. A second man, 32-year-old Michael Ramirez of Los Angeles, California was sentence to 147 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth.
He admitted to traveling to Iowa from California to bring money back from drug sales. And he admitted to money laundering as he tried to disguise the source of the money to keep the drug ring secret.