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Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin that Caused Overdose

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

A man who sold heroin that caused a near-fatal overdose pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Michael Jerome Greenwood, age 26, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of one count of distributing heroin near a playground.

In a plea agreement, Greenwood admitted that he sold heroin in Dubuque between 2016 and 2018.  In August 2018, Greenwood sold $100 worth of heroin to two women.  After using the heroin, one of the women lost consciousness and started having trouble breathing.  The woman’s family members rushed her to the hospital, where she was revived with Narcan, saving her life.  Greenwood also admitted in the plea agreement that he sometimes requested sexual favors from his customers in exchange for heroin.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Greenwood remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Greenwood faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth Dupuich, Dan Chatham, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Geocaris. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-1044-CJW.

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Updated September 24, 2020

Drug Trafficking