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Dubuque Man Sentenced To Over Four Years' Imprisonment For Distribution Of Cocaine Near A Playground

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

A Dubuque man who sold cocaine from his residence near a playground was sentenced November 25, 2013, to more than four years in federal prison.

Shannon Huntington, age 43, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 20, 2013, guilty plea to two counts of distribution of cocaine near a protected location and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute near a protected location.

At the plea hearing, Huntington admitted he twice sold cocaine to law enforcement officers in January 2013 from his residence near Flat Iron Park in Dubuque.  On January 18, 2013, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Huntington’s residence and found 396 grams of cocaine which Huntington intended to sell in Dubuque.

Huntington was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Huntington was sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $300 was imposed.  He must also serve a six-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Huntington 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 Daniel C. Tvedt and investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force consisting of officers from the Dubuque Police Department and the Dubuque County Sheriff=s Office.

Court file information is available at  The case file number is 13-CR-1006.

Updated February 19, 2015