Drug Kingpin Sentenced

A California man was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for leading a conspiracy from at least 2000 through 2007 to distribute multiple kilograms of methamphetamine in the Southern District of Iowa and elsewhere.

Elfego Ignacio Cid, age 44, of Visalia, California, stipulated that his conspiracy delivered over 15 kilograms of methamphetamine to the
Des Moines area from California.

According to testimony at sentencing, Cid’s network actually delivered hundreds of kilograms of methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine (“ice”), to Des Moines; Fresno, California; Cutler, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Salt lake City, Utah; Atlanta, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Witnesses testified that Cid provided his couriers with cars that had
inner compartments used to secret the methamphetamine during it cross-country delivery.

Cid’s sentence was enhanced by United States District Judge Ronald Longstaff because Cid was an organizer and leader of the conspiracy.

“Mr. Cid was a leader of one of the largest methamphetamine distribution networks we’ve seen in the Southern District,” noted U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt. “Cid’s sentence of more than 20 years in prison should serve as a warning to those tempted to profit from the methamphetamine addictions of others that their cost of doing business will include years in prison, should they head down that path.”


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