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Repeat Crack Dealer Sentenced to More than Fifteen Years in Federal Prison

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

A Dubuque man who distributed crack cocaine near playgrounds was sentenced on December 16, 2019, to over fifteen years in federal prison.

Cory Dukes, age 33, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 1, 2019 guilty plea to the distribution of cocaine base within 1000 feet of a protected location.

In a plea agreement, Dukes admitted to knowingly selling crack cocaine to a confidential informant near two playgrounds in Dubuque, Iowa.  Dukes has three previous convictions for selling narcotics in Dubuque near protected locations.

Dukes was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Dukes was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a six-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Dukes is being held by the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Dupuich and was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-1014.

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Updated December 17, 2019

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