The Ottumwa Courier

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July 11, 2014

Local arrests lead to federal prison

OTTUMWA — Though they were arrested locally, you won't see this pair of drug dealers at the Wapello County Courthouse.

"They were sentenced in federal court just last week," said Lt. Jason Bell with the Ottumwa Police Department. "We want to update the public on what happens to these individuals we've arrested."

On July 2, Domingo Zapata Jr., 22, formerly of 932 West Third St. was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison after entering a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Grams or more of "actual methamphetamine."

Amado Gallegos, 23, formerly of 326 S. Cherry St., Ottumwa, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison after entering a guilty plea to Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Grams or more of actual methamphetamine.

He said the Southeast Iowa Drug Task Force was law enforcement's "primary entity" responsible for the investigation that led to the charges against the pair.

"The activities for which they were sentenced took place primarily in the spring of 2013," Bell said; the press release added that the pair's criminal activity was generally conducted in Ottumwa.

There are a few reasons to make an announcement like this publicly. Bell said one of the main reasons to publicize the sentencing is so residents, both law abiding and those tempted by illegal activities, can see just what happens in these cases. Those results are not always apparent when dealing with a federal crime, Bell said.

The press release concludes by stating, besides the SIDTF, agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement and officers of the Ottumwa Police Department also participated in the investigation.

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