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Meth Ring Money Collector Gets 13 Years in Prison

A California man who admitted to being a money collector for a large-scale meth ring that operated in Dubuque will spend more than a decade in federal prison. 25-year-old Jose Ceja was sentenced to 13 years in prison last week. In June, Ceja pled guilty to one count of Conspiring to Distribute Meth. Prosecutors say he worked as a money collector for a Mexican drug cartel responsible for distributing more than 3 kilograms of meth in Dubuque in 2017. Documents say that Ceja intimidated buyers by showing them videos of cartel members cutting off peoples’ hands and heads. Ceja must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence and 5 years of probation once he is released.

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