SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City woman charged with possession of methamphetamine was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in federal prison.

Nicole Maxine Ramirez, 30, received the prison term after a July 18, 2017, guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

At a hearing on her guilty plea, Ramirez admitted she possessed more than 27 grams of pure methamphetamine.

On Oct. 12, 2016, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop of Ramirez’s vehicle on Interstate 29 near Sioux City. Officers searched the vehicle and located 37.6 grams of a meth mixture. Ramirez admitted she had purchased the meth and intended to sell it to other people.

Ramirez was sentenced in Sioux City by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand to 43 months in prison. She must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Ramirez is being held in custody of the United States Marshal’s Service until she can be transported to a federal prison, a press release said.

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