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Alleged heroin dealers now face federal charges after trying to do business near elementary schools

DUBUQUE – Seven men previously arrested by Dubuque police for dealing heroin near elementary schools now face federal charges.

Seven men have been charged with distributing heroin in Dubuque in early 2016. The charges are contained in two indictments filed yesterday in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. All seven men were previously charged in separate federal Complaints filed in April.

On Monday, April 11th, 2016, at approximately 6:45 PM, the Dubuque police department tactical team, Dubuque Drug Task Force, Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement and the Dubuque PD executed a narcotics search warrant at 1430 Iowa Street, in the city of Dubuque.

Upon entering the residence, law enforcement located 4 subjects inside. These subjects were identified as Derrick Jermaine Brown, age 25 of 2826 Central Avenue, D’Anthony Lamont Moore, age 24 of Chicago, Tywone Derrel Matthews, age 39 of Chicago, and Pierre Lamar Springer, age 27 of 1025 Central Avenue.

Derrick Brown, D’Anthony Moore and Tywone Matthews were arrested for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin and transported to the Dubuque County Jail.

In new federal charges, one indictment alleges Derrick Jermaine Brown (a/k/a “Big D”), D’Anthony Lamont Moore (a/k/a “Lil D”), Antwain Deshaun Spratt (a/k/a “T”), Tywone Derrel Matthews, and Jeffery Donta Hitchcock (a/k/a “Buddha”) conspired to distribute fentanyl and 100 grams of heroin near Jackson Park and Prescott Elementary School in Dubuque. That indictment also charges various counts of distribution of heroin against each defendant, and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin by Brown, Moore, and Matthews. If convicted of the conspiracy charge, Brown, Moore, Spratt, Matthews, and Hitchcock each face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a possible maximum sentence of 80 years’ imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and up to a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The second indictment alleges Antrell Desherron Lewis (a/k/a “Lucky” and “Star”) and Antoine Tavares Mitchell (a/k/a “Nephew”) conspired to distribute heroin near Jackson Park and Prescott Elementary School in Dubuque. It also alleges one count of distribution of heroin by each defendant, and possession with intent to distribute heroin by Mitchell. If convicted of the conspiracy charge, Lewis and Mitchell face a mandatory minimum sentence of one year imprisonment, a possible maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment and up to a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment.

If convicted of the various distribution and possession with intent to distribute charges, the defendants would face additional punishments.

All seven men previously appeared in federal court following their arrests in April and early May. Brown, Moore, Spratt, Matthews, Lewis, and Mitchell were all held without bond. Hitchcock appeared in Chicago, Illinois, and was ordered returned to the Northern District of Iowa in custody pending further proceedings. Initial appearances for the defendants on the indictments have not yet been set.

The case is being investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Linn County Sheriff’s Office; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.

Dubuque was was recently listed as the 15th-safest town in Iowa, after two crosses were reportedly burned there.

BROWN, DERRICK JERMAINE
BROWN, DERRICK JERMAINE
MOORE, DANTHONY LAMONT
MOORE, DANTHONY LAMONT
MATTHEWS, TYWONE DERREL
MATTHEWS, TYWONE DERREL
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