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Iowa City Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Heroin Distribution

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa

DAVENPORT, Iowa — On Tuesday, December 22, 2020, United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Robert Rankins Jr., age 50, of Iowa City, to 84 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute 1,000 grams and more of a mixture and substance containing heroin announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Following his prison term Rankins Jr. was ordered to serve five years of supervised release as well as pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

This investigation began in 2018 involving narcotics trafficking between Johnson County, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois. Law enforcement determined Rankins Jr. and his co-conspirator were obtaining heroin and selling heroin in Johnson County. Rankins Jr. and his co-conspirator, Eric Rhine, made trips to Chicago to retrieve drugs. Rankins Jr. admitted that the conspiracy was responsible for well over 1,000 grams of heroin and that he was supplying numerous individuals in the Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty area.

This matter was investigated by the Johnson County Drug Task Force. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated December 26, 2020

Drug Trafficking