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BRIEF: Iowa drug dealer avoids prison, given probation

This news story was published on December 20, 2011.
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A Burlington, Iowa man police say peddled crack cocaine in the area will not have felony convictions in his record.

Carlos Darvell Thompson was placed on probation for five years Monday after judgment for two counts of delivery of a controlled substance was deferred.

District Court Judge John Linn ordered the 20-year-old Thompson, among other things, to enter and complete a program for the evaluation and treatment “of persons with substance abuse problems as required by the court or Department of Correctional Services.”

The maximum he could have received for the offenses was 20 years in prison.

The investigation involving Thompson began in April shortly after agents from the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force met with a confidential informant who claimed a man known as “Los” was selling crack cocaine.

Agents said the informant bought $50 worth of crack from Thompson on April 26.

A second transaction for $40 worth of the same substance transpired between the informant and Thompson that same day.

A third controlled-buy operation, where Thompson sold $50 worth of crack to the same informant, took place April 27.

Agents said the substance in all three transactions tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

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