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Dubuque Heroin and Cocaine Dealer Sentenced

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

A man who sold cocaine and heroin near Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, was sentenced on July 19, 2023, to more than four years in federal prison.

Rashaun Carter, age 46, from Lynwood, Illinois, received the prison term after a November 23, 2022 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine within 1000 feet of Loras College.

At the guilty plea, Carter admitted he was involved in the distribution of heroin and cocaine out of a house located near the Loras College campus in Dubuque in 2017 and 2018.  In January 2018, Dubuque Drug Task Force Officers stopped Carter and others as they returned from Chicago with over 300 grams of cocaine that was to be sold in Dubuque.

Carter was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Carter was sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment and must also serve a six-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Carter 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 Patrick Reinert and was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Dubuque Drug Task Force comprised of the Dubuque Police Department and the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 22-CR-01021.

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Updated July 20, 2023

Drug Trafficking