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Nineteen-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Over Three Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Led Police Officers on a High Speed Chase, During Which He Drove Onto a Frozen River

A nineteen-year-old man was sentenced today to over three years in federal prison for his role in trafficking more than 100 grams of heroin in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area.

Walter Murray, Jr., age 19, from Junpion City, Arizona, and previously residing in Cedar Rapids, received the prison sentence after his June 25, 2018 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute heroin.  According to sentencing documents and information disclosed during the sentencing hearing, Murray were involved with a group of heroin dealers in Cedar Rapids from at least January 2019 to April 2019.  During that time, the group sold more than 100 grams of heroin.  Murray was responsible for selling heroin to multiple individuals during that time.

On February 13, 2019, Murray was driving a car in Cedar Rapids.  Police officers attempted to stop the car.  Murray did not stop, instead fleeing from the officers.  During the chase, Murray reached 60 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour speed zone.  Murray hit another occupied car, drove down a bike trail, and onto the frozen Cedar River before leaving the car in someone’s backyard and running.  While running, Murray threw away approximately 30 grams of heroin, which law enforcement found shortly after locating and arresting Murray.   

Murray was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Murray was sentenced to 37 months’ imprisonment followed by a three-year term of supervised release.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Murray is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

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 (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the United States Marshal’s Service. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-45. 

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Updated December 30, 2019

Drug Trafficking