Mexican Cartel’s man in Waterloo, Iowa, found guilty of trafficking “significant” amounts of meth

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A Mexican man involved in a Mexico‑based drug trafficking organization that was distributing significant amounts of methamphetamine in the Waterloo, Iowa, area was convicted by a jury on Thursday after a three‑day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

31-year-old Luis Carlos Corral Lopez (photo above), from Caborca, Sonora, Mexico, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The verdict was returned following about five hours of jury deliberations.

Sent by the Cartel to Waterloo

The evidence at trial showed that, in late November or early December 2020, Corral Lopez was sent by a Mexico‑based drug trafficking organization to Waterloo to oversee the organization’s distribution of methamphetamine in the Waterloo area. After he arrived, Corral Lopez acquired approximately 22 pounds of methamphetamine. Corral Lopez then distributed all of the methamphetamine to street‑level distributors in the Waterloo area.

Between January 2020 and January 2022, law enforcement seized almost 200 pounds of methamphetamine and 23 pounds of fentanyl from the Mexico‑based organization.

Corral Lopez remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Corral Lopez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, and a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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