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Crack Cocaine Dealer Who Made Threats Towards Police Sentenced to Five Years

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

A man who sold crack cocaine to an undercover police officer and later recorded himself using threatening language towards another police officer was sentenced on April 12, 2017 to five years in federal prison.


Tony Doolin, age 27, from Cedar Rapids, received the prison term after a December 29, 2016 guilty plea to distributing 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.


At the guilty plea, Doolin admitted he sold crack cocaine in May 2016 to an undercover police officer. Doolin sold crack cocaine to the undercover officer on other dates as well. At sentencing, Doolin admitted that he sold a total of over 72 grams of crack cocaine.


Just two days after his first sale to the undercover officer, Doolin was pulled over for a traffic infraction by a Marion police officer. Doolin used his cell phone to record and transmit a “Facebook Live” video of the traffic stop. As the officer was walking back to the squad car, after giving Doolin a warning, Doolin pulled out a handgun. While holding the handgun up in front of his cell phone camera, Doolin directed a stream of profanity towards the police officer. At sentencing, the court described the words used by Doolin as “threatening” and “disrespectful.”


Doolin was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. He was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed, and he must also serve a four-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.


Doolin 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 Justin Lightfoot and investigated by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and 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; the Iowa City Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.


Court file information at

The case file number is 16-CR-00089.


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Updated April 13, 2017

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