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Long Grove Man Sentenced In Federal Heroin Overdose Prosecution

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

DAVENPORT, IA- On July 25, 2013, Andrew Aaron Rahn, age 20, formerly from Long Grove, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to 120 months of imprisonment on the charge of distribution of heroin resulting in death, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Rahn was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund. Co-defendants David Weber and Joseph Cooper have pled guilty and will be sentenced on September 12, 2013.

Rahn admitted during the guilty plea proceeding that on June 5, 2012, he contacted David Weber to arrange for the purchase of heroin from Joseph Cooper in Rock Island, and that on June 6, 2012, Rahn, Weber and Tralee Duffey traveled to Rock Island, Illinois where Rahn purchased and received $120 worth of heroin from Joseph Cooper. Rahn further admitted that after dropping Weber off, Rahn purchased some syringes and he and Duffey shot up heroin in the parking lot of Duck Creek Mall in Bettendorf, and that Rahn and Duffey then returned to Rahn’s Long Grove residence where Rahn passed out. Rahn also admitted that upon waking up he found Duffey unresponsive and Rahn called his mother, who told him to call 911.

The Long Grove, Iowa, Fire Department, Rescue Unit, the Medic- Emergency Medical Technicians and the Scott County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. They found Duffey unresponsive and attempted to resuscitate her. Paramedics continued efforts to resuscitate Duffey and transported her to the hospital where she died. Tralee Duffey was 18 years old, and the cause of death was determined to be heroin overdose. During a subsequent search of Rahn’s residence, Scott County Sheriff’s Office investigators found and collected syringes, Xanax pills, burnt spoons with unknown residue, marijuana drug paraphernalia, and a syringe fully loaded with unknown liquid. Some of these items were sent to the Iowa Division of Criminalistics Laboratory which later identified a trace residue of heroin on a burnt spoon, Alprazolam, schedule IV pills and marijuana. Rahn admitted that Duffey died as a result of the heroin that Weber arranged for Rahn to purchase from Cooper.

This case was investigated by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, the Bettendorf, Iowa, Police Department, and the Rock Island, Illinois, Police Department. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Updated March 12, 2015