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Repeat Iowa narcotics dealer sentenced to federal prison

This news story was published on November 26, 2020.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who sold narcotics out of his home near Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, was sentenced November 24, 2020, to more than four years in federal prison.

Virgil Lee Hubbard, age 40, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute near a protected location. There was also a firearm found inside the residence.

At the guilty plea, Hubbard admitted he possessed at least five grams of pure ice methamphetamine with the intent to distribute or sell it. He possessed the meth and a gun at a home located near Loras College. This was not his first conviction for drug trafficking. Hubbard was previously convicted of distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of a park in Iowa.

Hubbard was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court C.J. Williams. Hubbard was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment and fined $100. He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Hubbard 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 Liz Dupuich and investigated by the Dubuque Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


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