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Ohio Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for His Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Found with Over $74,000 in Cash

A man from Ohio who was involved in a conspiracy to distribute drugs was sentenced February 16, 2022, to four years in federal prison.

Dean Warren Wright, age 47, from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, received the prison term after an August 6, 2021 guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

At the guilty plea, Wright admitted he was part of an agreement to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana in the Northern District of Iowa.  Wright was stopped in a vehicle in Iowa and was found to be in possession of more than $74,000 in cash related to drug trafficking.

Wright was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Wright was sentenced to 48 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Wright 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 Emily K. Nydle 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Waterloo Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cedar Falls Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-cr-2060.

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Updated February 17, 2022

Drug Trafficking