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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Chicago Man Charged with Possessing with Intent to Distribute Heroin Found During Body Cavity Search

Willie Gerald Humphrey, age 27, from Chicago, Illinois, has been charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.  The charge is contained in a Complaint filed on July 7, 2015, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Complaint alleges that, on or about February 26, 2015, Humphrey was being watched by officers with the Cedar Rapids Police Department in relation to a heroin investigation.  After observing what the officers believed was a heroin transaction between Humphrey and an assumed customer, the officers stopped this person and eventually found .2 grams of suspected heroin hidden in the person’s shoe.  The officers then stopped Humphrey’s vehicle.  The officers could smell the odor of burnt marijuana emanating from Humphrey’s vehicle, and detained him and his passenger.  Officers found $1,049 in cash during an initial search of Humphrey’s person, but found no drugs on him, the passenger, or in the car.  The officers then obtained a search warrant and found seven individually wrapped amounts of suspected heroin hidden inside Humphrey’s body.

If convicted, Humphrey faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and up to a lifetime of supervised release following any imprisonment.­

Humphrey appeared on July 8, 2015, in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond.  Humphrey’s next appearance for an arraignment has not yet been set.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.  The case file number is 15-mj-218-JSS.

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Updated July 10, 2015