California Women Sentenced in Federal Drug Case With Northwest Iowa Connection

Two California women have been sentenced in a federal drug case with ties to northwest Iowa.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, 41-year-old Andrea Romo of Gardena, California, and 62-year-old Lauretta Payce of Fontana, California pleaded guilty in June of this year to Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine. According to federal authorities, the women were involved in conspiracies that distributed meth and marijuana from California and Nevada to Cherokee, Iowa for distribution.

Romo was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, and Payce will serve just over five years in prison. Both women remain in the custody of a U.S. Marshal pending transport to a federal prison.