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Chicago Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Heroin and Fentanyl He Intended to Distribute

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

A man who intended to distribute heroin was sentenced on February 9, 2023, to 21 months in federal prison.

Tony Cornell Coleman, Jr., age 25, from Chicago, Illinois, received the prison term after a September 23, 2022 guilty plea to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearings showed that, on February 1, 2022, law enforcement arranged a controlled drug buy from Coleman, Jr.  When Coleman, Jr., arrived at the meeting location, officers took him into custody.  Coleman, Jr. was in possession of 15.4 grams of a substance containing fentanyl and 4.91 grams of a substance containing heroin.

Coleman, Jr., was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Coleman, Jr., was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Coleman, Jr., is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Adam J. Vander Stoep and was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force, the Fulton, Illinois, Police Department, the Clinton, Iowa, Police Department, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement as part of the Northern Iowa Heroin Initiative. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-1017.

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Updated February 10, 2023

Drug Trafficking