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Two From Iowa City Plead Guilty To Conspiring To Distribute Heroin, Admit The Heroin They Conspired To Distribute Caused Overdose Death

October 28, 2011

Contact: Peter Deegan

Two men who conspired to distribute heroin pled guilty on October 24, 2011, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Patrick Joseph Toomey and Thomas Harry Finley from Iowa City, Iowa, were convicted of conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. At the plea hearings, both men admitted the heroin they conspired to distribute caused a person’s death in March 2011.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Toomey remains free on conditions previously set, and Finley remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Each man faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and a term of up to life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham and was investigated by the Ad Hoc Heroin Overdose Task Force which is comprised of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Department of Homeland Security; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services; and the Iowa National Guard.

Court file information is available at The case file number is CR11-0111-LRR.



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