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Waterloo Man with Multiple Previous Convictions Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Possessed and Intended to Sell Crack Cocaine Near a School

A Waterloo man who had previously been convicted of more than 30 crimes as an adult and who trafficked crack cocaine was sentenced May 30, 2018, to more than 17 years in federal prison.

Samuel Landfair, age 39, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 15, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, four counts of distribution of crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute crack near a protected location.

At the guilty plea, Landfair admitted selling crack cocaine on four separate occasions during November 2016 and possessing crack for the purpose of distributing it within 1,000 feet of George Washington Carver Academy in Waterloo, Iowa.  Landfair’s criminal history includes more than 30 adult convictions, including a conviction for possession of a simulated controlled substance with intent to distribute and three separate convictions for possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Landfair was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  Landfair was sentenced to 213 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Landfair 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Waterloo Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Falls Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Iowa City Police Department, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 17-cr-2047.

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Updated May 31, 2018

Drug Trafficking