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Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to Prison for His Role in Selling Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Wiretap Investigation Shows he was Responsible for the Distribution of Over 100 Grams of Heroin

A Cedar Rapids man who was involved in the distribution of heroin was sentenced today to more than 6 years in federal prison.

Sammie Truman Williams, age 37, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after an April 22, 2022 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that in 2017 and 2018, Williams and other individuals worked together to sell heroin in the Cedar Rapids area.  In January 2018, investigators conducted a wiretap investigation of a phone operated by Williams.  Multiple people called the phone to arrange heroin deals.  Williams would set up the deal, but an accomplice would deliver the heroin.  In total, Williams was responsible for the distribution of over 100 grams of heroin.

Williams was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Williams was sentenced to 77 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Williams 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 Ashley Corkery and Special Assistant United States Attorney Adam J. Vander Stoep 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 Drug Enforcement Administration Cedar Rapids Resident Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-06.

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Updated December 5, 2022