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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Heroin and Crack Cocaine

A man who sold heroin and crack cocaine pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Chanord Hawkins, age 23, from Cedar Rapids, was convicted of one count of distributing heroin and crack cocaine.

In a plea agreement, Hawkins admitted that, in July 2015, he sold heroin and crack cocaine to another person.  Hawkins also admitted that he again sold heroin to another person in September 2015 and had previously sold heroin to other people in larger amounts.  Overall, Hawkins admitted he was responsible for distributing at least 40 grams of heroin.    

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Hawkins remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Hawkins faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and at least 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case 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 Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Linn County Medical Examiner’s Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. 

The case file number is 16-CR-00008-1.

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Updated May 19, 2016