SIOUX CITY — A Sioux City man arrested in connection with a fatal shooting now faces federal firearms and drug charges.
A complaint filed against Liborio Martinez-Rubio Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City contained single counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
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Martinez-Rubio, 60, was arrested Jan. 11, hours after Javier Cheron, 26, of Sioux City, arrived at Mercy Medical Center with a single gunshot wound to the chest and died.
Law enforcement officers determined the shooting likely occurred at a residence at 1609 Jones St., where police found six handguns. Martinez-Rubio admitted that some of them belonged to him, according to documents filed in Woodbury County District Court. The investigation discovered that two of the guns were stolen and one of them had been among 79 guns stolen in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2007.
Police have said that drugs may have been a motive for the shooting and labeled Martinez-Rubio and Cheron as "associates." In addition to the weapons found at the Jones Street home, police found packaged methamphetamine and marijuana, digital scales and approximately $130,000 in cash.
Martinez-Rubio had been charged in Woodbury County District Court with six counts of felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of trafficking in stolen weapons, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of failure to affix a drug tax stamp. Those charges were dismissed Tuesday because of the pending federal charges.