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Dubuque Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Heroin Resulting In Overdose Death

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

A man who sold heroin to a person who overdosed and died from using the heroin pled guilty on June 13, 2013, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Alvin Stanley Briggs, Jr., age 50, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of distribution of heroin resulting in death. At the plea hearing, Briggs admitted that on July 3, 2013, he sold $100 worth of heroin to an individual identified as S.R., and that S.R. died as a result of using that heroin.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Briggs remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Briggs faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and up to a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham and was investigated by the Platteville, Wisconsin, Police Department, and the Dubuque, Iowa, Drug Task Force.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 2:13-CR-01004-LRR.

Updated February 19, 2015