Public Safety

Two Cedar Rapids residents charged with distributing heroin

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man and woman were charged in federal court Monday with distributing heroin in the Cedar Rapids area after authorities conducted surveillance on the two and set up controlled drug buys.   

During an initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court, Dino Harrington, 31, and Tiffany Youngblood, 39, were charged with distributing and aiding and abetting to distribute heroin.

U.S. Chief Magistrate CJ Williams ruled to keep Harrington and Youngblood in jail pending a detention hearing set for Friday.

The complaint shows that authorities set up surveillance on the residence of Harrington and Youngblood and also coordinated controlled buys of heroin with confidential informants who purchased heroin from the two on March 1 and 5.

Harrington and Youngblood met the informant at businesses located in the area of Wright Brothers Boulevard SW and Sixth Street SW, according to the complaint. The two usually arranged drug deals through text messages and then would met buyers in a bathroom at one of the businesses.

During these transactions, Harrington would make the actual sales, while Youngblood stayed in their vehicle.

Harrington and Youngblood were arrested following the controlled buy on March 5, when investigators made a traffic stop on their vehicle, the complaint shows. Investigators found a loaded Taurus .380 pistol in the vehicle and 12 bags of heroin, weighing about 6 grams, inside Youngblood’s jacket pockets. They also found on Harrington five $20 bills that matched the serial numbers given to the confidential informant.

After being arrested, Youngblood admitted to investigators that she worked with Harrington to sell heroin, the complaint shows. Typically, she would communicate with the customers on the phone, while Harrington would actually deliver the heroin, she told investigators.

If convicted, Harrington and Youngblood each face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine. They would also have to serve at least three years and possibly more of supervised release following any prison term.

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