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Drug dealer who did business in Waterloo and Cedar Falls area sent to prison for 4 years

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Phio man caught dealing methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana around Waterloo and Cedar Falls was sentenced February 16, 2022, to four years in federal prison.

Dean Warren Wright, age 47, from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, received the prison term after an August 6, 2021 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

At the guilty plea, Wright admitted he was part of an agreement to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana in the Northern District of Iowa. Wright was stopped in a vehicle in Iowa and was found to be in possession of more than $74,000 in cash related to drug trafficking.

Wright was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Wright was sentenced to 48 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.

Wright 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 Emily K. Nydle and was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Waterloo Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cedar Falls Police Department.

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