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Chicago heroin dealer who caused death of young Cedar Falls woman convicted after three-day trial

This news story was published on April 29, 2021.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – A Chicago man who distributed heroin to a person who died from using it, was convicted by a jury today, after a three-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Eric DeAngelo Griggs, age 40, from Chicago, Illinois, was convicted of one count of distribution of heroin that resulted in the death of a young Cedar Falls woman on August 31, 2018, one count of using Facebook Messenger to facilitate the heroin distribution, and one count of using a cellular telephone to facilitate another heroin distribution on September 1, 2018. Griggs was found not guilty of possession with intent to distribute heroin for heroin seized from a vehicle in which he was traveling on September 1, 2018. The verdict was returned today following about nine hours of jury deliberations.

The evidence at trial showed that Griggs was a source of supply of heroin for some individuals in Waterloo, Iowa, area during the summer of 2018. On August 31, 2018, Griggs arranged to distribute $100 worth of heroin to a young Cedar Falls woman via Facebook messenger. She subsequently returned to a residence in Cedar Falls, used the heroin, and then died of acute heroin intoxication. Within a few hours after her body was found, officers were able to text Griggs using her phone to set up another heroin transaction. Griggs came to the location agreed upon with the undercover officer and was identified as the same person who had communicated with the young woman the day before.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Griggs remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Griggs faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Reinert and Special Assistant United States Attorney Dillan Edwards and was investigated as part of the Northern Iowa Heroin Initiative and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Waterloo Police Department, the Cedar Falls Police Department, the Tri-County Drug Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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4 Responses to Chicago heroin dealer who caused death of young Cedar Falls woman convicted after three-day trial

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 3, 2021 at 2:59 am

    “A young woman” so… assuming a forty year old man’s actions and choices led to the death of a minor? Victim shaming is rediculous. Addiction is a choice? You’re a real pos. Must be fvckin nice being perfect, huh? You’re a nasty, negative and most likely lonely LITTLE human being. You have and never will get laid. Because you’re a dis compassionate, bitter, closed minded dick of a human. Who hurt you? You’re for sure a human suffering and lashing out. Probably deal with your weird trauma before you judge others with that venomous, dark bs.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 3, 2021 at 2:53 am

    You guys are ignorant. She probably started with a dr. prescription and they cut her off. Then came the need to fill an addiction. Then came the setion 8 loser from chicago or detroit. Bam heroin, boom overdose. It’s so much more common than any of us can imagine. Straight up. If this girl never met a black male, she would be alive today. Literally you cant argue that. A black man killed an innocent woman. That’s what happend here.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 30, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    It’s time people start taking responsibility for their own choices and their own actions.

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 30, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    He didn’t cause her death. Her using the drug is what caused her death. Start putting the blame where it belongs. Drug use is not a disease. It’s a condition brought on by a persons choice to use something that is addictive. He didn’t force her to take the drug. If she was stupid enough to take it, she deserves what she gets.