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Over a decade in federal prison for Iowa man convicted of selling heroin and fentanyl


This news story was published on October 17, 2019.
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Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who sold heroin laced with fentanyl was sentenced on October 16, 2019, to more than 13 years in federal prison.

Reginald Love, age 28, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 6, 2019 guilty plea to one count of distributing heroin and fentanyl.

In a plea agreement, Love admitted that on two occasions in November 2018 he sold heroin laced with fentanyl to another individual.  At sentencing, Love admitted that he had actually sold over 20 grams of heroin in the Cedar Rapids area.  Love had a prior adjudication for aggravated assault in Chicago, during which he had displayed a firearm to another person and stated, “Don’t run, cause I’ll shoot you!”  He also had prior convictions in Chicago for assault (after he again threatened to shoot another person), attempted battery, residential burglary, two convictions for delivery of cannabis, and a conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Love was on parole for the firearm charge at the time he sold heroin and fentanyl in Cedar Rapids.

Love was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Love was sentenced to 166 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Love is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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

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