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Man Who Sold Heroin and Fentanyl Sentenced to Prison

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

An Alabama man who sold heroin and fentanyl in Iowa was sentenced today to eight months in prison.

Torrance Brown, age 27, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, received the prison sentence after a November 12, 2019 guilty plea to distribution of a controlled substance.

Information disclosed at sentencing and in a plea agreement showed that in July and August 2019, Brown sold a substance containing heroin and fentanyl on two occasions in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  In total, Brown sold 1.54 grams of heroin in exchange for a total of $440.  Cedar Rapids police officers attempted to arrest Brown in August 2019.  However, Brown would not get out of his car or follow commands and a K-9 unit was required to get Brown out of his car. 

Brown was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Brown was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Corkery and 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Court file information at  The case file number is 19-CR-94.                                  

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Updated April 6, 2020

Drug Trafficking