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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 22, 2014

Former Los Angeles Man Sentenced For Federal Heroin Conspiracy

DAVENPORT, IA – On December 19, 2014, Lennon Hunter, Jr., age 56, formerly of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced by United States District Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 120 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Hunter was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following the imprisonment, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

Beginning in approximately July 2009 and continuing until about September 22, 2012, Hunter conspired with other persons to distribute heroin. On multiple occasions during this period Hunter obtained heroin—ranging in weight from approximately one ounce to one-half kilogram—in Los Angeles, California, and then either sent the heroin via parcel carrier to the Quad Cities area, or provided it to a co-conspirator who utilized rail and bus carriers to transport the heroin to the Quad Cities. Once in the Quad Cities, the heroin was delivered to co-conspirator Curtis Newman, Sr. in Davenport, Iowa, for further distribution. The quantity of heroin distributed by Hunter exceeded 1 kilogram.

Co-conspirator Curtis Newman, Sr. has pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and is awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Quad Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Group, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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