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Cedar Rapids Woman Who Sold $1,000 Worth of Heroin and Fentanyl Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

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

A woman who sold fentanyl in Cedar Rapids pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Ladonna Cynthia Givens, age 32, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

In a plea agreement, Givens admitted that she agreed with another person to distribute heroin on multiple occasions in January 2021.  Givens admitted that the other person would receive orders from drug customers, but that Givens would arrive at the meeting location and distribute the drugs.  She also admitted that on two occasions in January 2021, Givens sold $500 worth of purported heroin, which was later determined to contain both heroin and fentanyl. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Givens was taken into custody by the United States Marshal after the guilty plea and will remain in custody pending sentencing.  Givens faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was investigated by 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; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21‑CR‑00033‑CJW‑MAR.

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Updated November 1, 2021

Drug Trafficking