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Cedar Rapids Man Who Led Police on Two Pursuits Sentenced to Over Sixteen Years in Federal Prison for Distributing Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Has 17 prior criminal convictions

A Cedar Rapids man, responsible for selling over 480 grams of heroin, was sentenced September 30, 2019, to 200 months in prison.

Lloyd Koger, age 42, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison sentence after a December 28, 2018 guilty plea to distribution of heroin after a prior felony drug conviction. 

Information disclosed at sentencing and at his plea hearing showed that Koger was convicted in 1995, 1999, and 2004 of felony drug offenses in Illinois.  During one such offense, Koger was found in possession of 170 baggies of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school.  In 2016, Koger started selling heroin in the Cedar Rapids area.  At times, he was selling daily and people would line up to get heroin from him.  In February 2018, Koger led police on a pursuit after Cedar Rapids police officers attempted to stop the car he was driving.  Koger eventually came to a stop.  Officers located over $3,000 in drug proceeds on him. 

On August 3 and August 9, 2018, Koger sold heroin to a confidential informant.  In August 2018, Koger again led officers on another pursuit after Cedar Rapids police officers tried to stop the car he was driving.  Koger drove up to 80 miles per hours through residential areas of Cedar Rapids.  He eventually came to a stop after colliding with another vehicle.  No one was injured in the crash.  Koger had over $9,000 on him at that time. 

In total, Koger was responsible for selling over 480 grams of heroin in the Cedar Rapid area.  Koger has 17 criminal convictions going back to the age of 17.

Koger was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Koger was sentenced to 200 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a six-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery and was investigated as part of the Northern Iowa Heroin Initiative and 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, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Marion Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Johnson County Drug Task Force, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-CR-00093.

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Updated October 1, 2019

Drug Trafficking