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Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl Near a Local College and Park

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

A man who distributed heroin and fentanyl in Dubuque, Iowa, plead guilty on November 18, 2022, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Menelaeus C. Watson, age 35, from Chicago, Illinois, was convicted of distribution of heroin and fentanyl within 1,000 feet of a protected location.

In a plea agreement, Watson admitted to engaging in two transactions to distribute heroin and fentanyl in Dubuque.  The transactions took place within 1,000 feet of a local college and two parks.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Watson remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Watson faces a possible maximum sentence of 60 years’ imprisonment, a fine of not more than $4 million, and up to six years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jason D. Norwood and Patrick J. Reinert.

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-1033-CJW.

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Updated November 18, 2022

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