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Repeat Drug Trafficker Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Prison for Possessing Heroin and Fentanyl Near a School

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Had Multiple Prior Drug Trafficking Convictions and Two Domestic Abuse Convictions

A repeat drug trafficker was sentenced June 20, 2019, to more than 15 years in federal prison for possessing heroin laced with fentanyl.

Deandre Joseph Warren, age 33, from Chicago, Illinois, received the prison term after a November 20, 2018, guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of a school.

In a plea agreement, Warren admitted he possessed heroin he planned to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Warren was found with the heroin when officers responded to a home in Cedar Rapids due to a noise complaint, where they encountered Warren.  Warren dropped multiple bags of heroin and marijuana in an attempt to hide them from officers.  Testing later revealed the heroin also contained fentanyl.  Warren’s criminal history includes numerous previous drug trafficking offenses and two convictions in 2018 for domestic abuse offenses, including one involving strangulation. 

Warren was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court C.J. Williams.  Warren was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 6-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Warren 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 investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-cr-00082.

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Updated June 24, 2019

Drug Trafficking