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Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 13, 2016

Seven Charged with Distributing Heroin Near Schools and Playgrounds in Dubuque

Seven men have been charged with distributing heroin in Dubuque in early 2016.  The charges are contained in two indictments filed yesterday in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.  All seven men were previously charged in separate federal Complaints filed in April.

One indictment alleges Derrick Jermaine Brown (a/k/a “Big D”), D’Anthony Lamont Moore (a/k/a “Lil D”), Antwain Deshaun Spratt (a/k/a “T”), Tywone Derrel Matthews, and Jeffery Donta Hitchcock (a/k/a “Buddha”) conspired to distribute fentanyl and 100 grams of heroin near Jackson Park and Prescott Elementary School in Dubuque. That indictment also charges various counts of distribution of heroin against each defendant, and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin by Brown, Moore, and Matthews.  If convicted of the conspiracy charge, Brown, Moore, Spratt, Matthews, and Hitchcock each face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a possible maximum sentence of 80 years’ imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and up to a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment. 

The second indictment alleges Antrell Desherron Lewis (a/k/a “Lucky” and “Star”) and Antoine Tavares Mitchell (a/k/a “Nephew”) conspired to distribute heroin near Jackson Park and Prescott Elementary School in Dubuque.  It also alleges one count of distribution of heroin by each defendant, and possession with intent to distribute heroin by Mitchell.  If convicted of the conspiracy charge, Lewis and Mitchell face a mandatory minimum sentence of one year imprisonment, a possible maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $2,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment and up to a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment.

If convicted of the various distribution and possession with intent to distribute charges, the defendants would face additional punishments.

All seven men previously appeared in federal court following their arrests in April and early May.  Brown, Moore, Spratt, Matthews, Lewis, and Mitchell were all held without bond.  Hitchcock appeared in Chicago, Illinois, and was ordered returned to the Northern District of Iowa in custody pending further proceedings.  Initial appearances for the defendants on the indictments have not yet been set.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Linn County Sheriff's Office; the Marion Police Department; the Iowa City Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. 

The case file number for Brown, Moore, Spratt, Matthews, and Hitchcock is 16-CR-01018-LTS. 

The case file number for Lewis and Mitchell is 16-CR-01017-LTS.

The case file numbers for the previously filed Complaints are:

            Derrick Brown – 16-MJ-102

            Antoine Spratt – 16-MJ-103

            Tywone Matthews – 16-MJ-104

            Antrell Lewis – 16-MJ-106

            D’Anthony Moore – 16-MJ-107

            Jeffery Hitchcock – 16-MJ-113

            Antoine Mitchell – 16-MJ-117

 

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Updated May 16, 2016