CEDAR RAPIDS – A man traveling from Detroit, Michigan to Mason City, IA to deliver heroin was sentenced Tuesday, August 20, 2019 to more than 10 years in federal prison.
Keith Bernard Tucker, age 51, from Detroit, Michigan received the prison term after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a drug user.
At his plea hearing held on March 20, 2019 before United States Magistrate Judge Mark A. Roberts, Tucker admitted he was traveling from Detroit, MI to Mason City, IA in a rental car on December 31, 2018 when he was stopped by law enforcement. He admitted at the time of the traffic stop to having a firearm in the vehicle. Law enforcement located approximately 297.9 grams of heroin in a backpack in the trunk of Tucker’s rental car. Tucker admitted to owning the heroin and admitted his intention to deliver the heroin to Mason City residents. After being arrested, law enforcement discovered a tissue with marijuana in Tucker’s sock. Tucker admitted to being under the influence of marijuana while possessing a firearm.
Tucker was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Tucker was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment and fined $400. He must also serve a 4-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, the Mason City Police Department, Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, and the North Central Iowa Drug Task Force.