Iowa man gets 6 years for meth sale

Published 9:30 am Friday, August 16, 2013

Agent sold drug in truck stop lot

A Des Moines man convicted of selling methamphetamine to an undercover Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent in Albert Lea was sentenced to 6 years and 2 months in prison Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Feliciano Guardado Moya, who had gone by the alias of Adalberto DeSantiago, was arrested in February after two reported sales to agents. Moya’s arrest was part of a state investigation into him and his brother.

Feliciano Guardado Moya

Feliciano Guardado Moya

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According to court documents, the sale he was convicted of took place Feb. 8 in the parking lot of Love’s Truck Stop. Moya reportedly sold about 28 grams of the drug for $1,800.

“I want you to know I recognize my mistake,” Moya said during the hearing through a Spanish-speaking interpreter.

He said he was sorry for his actions and was willing to comply with Freeborn County District Court Judge Ross Leuning’s sentence. Leuning said Moya will be required to spend two-thirds of his sentence — or 49 1/3 months — in prison, while the remainder — 24 2/3 months — can be spent on supervised release.

He will receive credit for 169 days already spent in the Freeborn County jail since his arrest.

As part of the plea agreement, Assistant Freeborn County Attorney David Walker asked that charges from one of the sales be dismissed.