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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Eleven men and women, including two from Waterloo, are facing federal drug charges for their roles in a methamphetamine distribution ring.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 46-year-old Donita Urban, 48-year-old Brian Swartz, from Waterloo, and 51-year-old Scott Mathews, 28-year-old Daniela Castellanos, 22-year-old Rogelio Avalos-Sanchez, 20-year-old Jennifer Mares-Flores, 23-year-old Miguel Mendoza, a/k/a “Loko”, 30-year-old Alvaro Hernandez, 45-year-old Marcos Perez-Trevino, 25-year-old Francis Gasca and 27-year-old Alejandro Becerra, a/k/a Juan Flores, from Marshalltown, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.­

All 11 are accused of conspiring to distribute meth between the Spring of 2013 and now.

If convicted, Urban, Swartz, Hernandez, and Perez-Trevino face up to life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine.­

Mathews, Castellanos, Avalos-Sanchez, Mares-Flores, Mendoza, Gasca, and Becerra face up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Hernandez appeared in federal court on September 1 and is being held without bond.

Urban, Swartz, Mares-Flores, and Avalos-Sanchez appeared in federal court on September 3 and are being held without bond pending a detention hearing set for September 8.

The trial in this case is set for November 2.

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