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Cedar Rapids Heroin Dealer Enters Guilty Plea

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A Cedar Rapids man who distributed heroin and fentanyl that resulted in a young woman being hospitalized pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Shawn Albert, age 24 from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of distributing heroin on September 27, 2015.

At the plea hearing, Albert admitted he distributed heroin to another person and that individual overdosed and was hospitalized. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Albert remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Albert faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and a minimum of 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick J. Reinert 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 Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. 

Court file information at  

The case file number is CR 16-00053.

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Updated October 11, 2016

Drug Trafficking