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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 22, 2021

Burlington Man Sentenced to Prison for Methamphetamine Offense

DAVENPORT, Iowa — On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Lavelle Harris, age 36, of Burlington, to 262 months in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine announced Acting United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal. Following his prison term, Harris was ordered to serve five years of supervised release as well as pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Harris was involved in the distribution of more than 4.5 kilograms of ice methamphetamine. Harris has a history of violence and was designated as a career offender under the United States Sentencing Guidelines, as he has two prior felony drug convictions. Harris was also under criminal justice supervision at the time of this offense. The defendant was identified as a member of the Black P Stones street gang. Harris was one of eight defendants who faced federal charges in the Southern District of Iowa after a multi-year joint federal and state narcotics investigation which culminated in the execution of several search warrants in various locations, including several in Burlington, on November 19, 2020.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Southeast Iowa Narcotics Taskforce; Burlington Police Department; Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office; West Central Illinois Taskforce; Quincy, Illinois, Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; Henry County Sheriff’s Office; Mt. Pleasant Police Department; West Burlington Police Department; Keokuk Police Department; Ft. Madison Police Department; Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Iowa City Police Department; Johnson County Sheriff’s Office; North Liberty Police Department; Coralville Police Department; Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office; Louisa County Sheriff’s Office; Washington County Sheriff’s Office; Bettendorf Police Department; Illinois State Police; Monmouth, Illinois, Police Department; Macomb, Illinois, Police Department; Galesburg, Illinois, Police Department; Adams County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office; and Fulton County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 USAIAS-PAO@usdoj.gov
Updated March 22, 2021