Arizona man pleads to meth charges

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to allegations he was involved in a $1 million meth ring that operated in Waterloo.

Joe Beltran of Avondale, Ariz. entered a guilty plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to launder money charges.

The 37-year-old Beltran admitted to conspiring with others to distribute methamphetamine in the Waterloo, Iowa area from January 2005 through August 2009.

In federal hearings, officials recounted Beltran's statements that he had sold between 300 to 500 pounds of meth and laundered more than $1 million.

Beltran faces up to life in prison and a fine with the plea. A sentencing hearing will be set after a pre-sentence investigation is completed.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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