Winthrop Drug Dealer Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Federal Prison

A Winthrop man who admitted selling drugs has been sentenced to federal prison.

48-year old David Vargas was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison on Wednesday.

Vargas pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. In a plea agreement, Vargas admitted he worked with at least one other person to distribute methamphetamine in the Northern District of Iowa and elsewhere. He admitted selling drugs to another person on three occasions, totaling more than 180 grams of pure meth. Officers recovered another 386 grams of pure meth in Vargas’ possession when he was arrested in Burlington and additional methamphetamine at his home in Winthrop.

He had previously been convicted in state court of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in 2007.

In addition to his 235 months sentence, Vargas must also serve a ten-year term of supervised release after his prison term. He is being held in U.S. Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.