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Eight Plead Guilty To Heroin Conspiracy; Two admit Causing Overdoses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

Eight men who conspired to distribute heroin in Cedar Rapids pled guilty between January 31, 2012 and February 7, 2012, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Andre Deray Gladney, 23, from Chicago, Illinois; Antonio Matthew Green, 22, from Cedar Rapids; Terrance Martice Miller, 25, from North Liberty; Raymond Edward Gladney, 23, from Cedar Rapids; Centrel Travoy Brewer, 21, from Chicago, Illinois; Lynn William Johnstone, 53, from Cedar Rapids; and Terell Lamonte Armstead, 30, from North Liberty, Iowa, were convicted of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school. Each defendant had previously been convicted of a felony drug offense. Another man, Lorzelle Danielle Turner, 31, from Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty to conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin within 1,000 feet of a playground after having previously been convicted of a felony drug offense. Two other co-defendants are pending trial on April 2, 2012.

In separate plea agreements, all eight men admitted to conspiring with one another and others to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin in the Cedar Rapids area between 2009 and September 2011. In their plea agreements, Green and Armstead admitted to distributing or participating in the distribution of heroin to individuals who overdosed after using the heroin. Both men admitted the individuals who overdosed suffered serious bodily injury, or an injury which involved a substantial risk of death. In both cases the individual who overdosed on the heroin was only able to be revived by paramedics by using Naloxone (also called Narcan), an opiate antidote.

The sentencings before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after presentence reports are prepared. All eight men remain in the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $16,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and 8 years of 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 https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR 11-143-LRR.

 

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