Public Safety

Dubuque man pleads in federal court to having heroin near park

A Dubuque man found with heroin and cocaine near a park last year pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Gregory Fugi Anderson, Jr., 31, pleaded to possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine near Orange Park on Nov. 17, in Dubuque.

During the plea hearing, Anderson admitted he was stopped by the police in Dubuque while walking down the street and agreed to let police search him. During the search, police found multiple packages of heroin and cocaine in his possession.

In a later interview with officers, Anderson admitted that he was going to sell the heroin and cocaine in Dubuque, according to court documents.

“Heroin and other opioids are killing Iowans are at an alarming rate,” U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan Jr. said in a statement after the hearing. “Public safety demands that we aggressively pursue those who choose to violate the law by selling these dangerous drugs.”

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade will set sentencing after a presentence report is prepared. Anderson remains in jail pending sentencing. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison and up to 60 years. Anderson could also be ordered to pay a $4 million fine and at least six years on supervised release following any prison time.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Reinert is prosecuting this case and it was investigated by the Dubuque Police Department, Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

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