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Man who sold prescription drugs that killed two Iowans gets 5 years


This news story was published on January 24, 2013.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who admitted to selling his prescription methadone to two people who died as a result of using the drug was sentenced January 23, 2013, to more than five years in federal prison.

Tim Bowen II from Cedar Rapids, received the prison term after an October 10, 2012 guilty plea to distributing methadone in December 2010.

At the plea hearing and in a plea agreement, Bowen admitted he began selling his entire bottle of prescription methadone to various individuals in 2010. Bowen had been prescribed the methadone for an injury. Bowen admitted that on December 22, 2010, he sold a bottle containing sixty methadone pills to an individual in Hiawatha, Iowa. The purchaser and another individual died as a result of using a combination of several prescription and non-prescription drugs, including Bowen’s methadone.

Bowen was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Bowen was sentenced to 63 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he was ordered to make $2,331 in restitution to the family of one of the victims. He must also serve a six-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Bowen is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham and was investigated by the Hiawatha Police Department and the Ad Hoc Heroin Overdose Task Force which is comprised of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Department of Homeland Security; the Linn County Sheriff’s Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services; and the Iowa National Guard.

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