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Two Coralville men were sentenced this week - one to more than 18 years and the other to 21 years - for trafficking drugs and illegally possessing firearms.
Jeffrey Fitzgerald Goins, 33, previously pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing detectable amounts of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm.
Goins was convicted of drug charges in 2013 and was serving supervised release when he participated in the meth conspiracy, according to court documents.
U.S. District Chief Judge John Jarvey sentenced Goins on Monday to 220 months in prison, which included his supervised release being revoked for an additional 30 months in prison. He also must serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison terms.
One of his co-conspirators, Bryant Richard Smith, 32, was sentenced Tuesday by Jarvey to over 21 years for conspiracy to distribute meth and heroin and felon in possession of a firearm.
Smith also was previously convicted of drug-related charges in 2013 and was on supervised release when he started trafficking meth, cocaine and heroin with Goins.
Jarvey's sentence for Smith included an additional 36 months in prison for the revocation of supervised release in the previous conviction.
Smith also was ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release after his prison term.
The trafficking investigation began in 2018 after Smith was released on his previous conviction, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He started manufacturing and distributing ice methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
By 2019, a co-conspirator began to provide Smith with money for his drug business, prosecutors said.
Authorities started an investigation, and Goins became involved in 2019 when law enforcement learned he was a prominent supplier and distributor of drugs in the Johnson County area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Investigators determined Goins was involved in a conspiracy to distribute drugs with Smith and others.
When Smith was arrested with drugs in July 2019, his co-conspirators took over part of his drug ring.
Smith was released from jail pending trial in October 2019 and continued to sell drugs, prosecutors said. Last year, he purchased a Kel Tec Sub 2000 9 mm firearm, which he was prohibited from owning, before being arrested again.
Goins and another co-conspirator distributed meth to undercover law enforcement, and Goins also was caught with a firearm he wasn't allowed to own when he was arrested last year, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
These cases were investigated by the Johnson County Drug Task Force and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
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