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Cedar Rapids man gets 15 years for distributing heroin near truck stop

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for distributing heroin near a truck stop.

Dino Harrington, 31, pleaded guilty in May in U.S. District Court to distribution and aiding and abetting the distribution of a controlled substance — heroin — within 1,000 feet of a truck stop. Harrington, along with Tiffany Youngblood, 39, also of Cedar Rapids, were charged after authorities conducted surveillance on the two and set up controlled drug buys. Youngblood was also convicted in the case but will be sentenced later.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade sentenced Harrington to 188 months.

A complaint shows authorities set up surveillance on the home 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 admitted he and Youngblood met the informant at a convenience store and fast-food restaurant near the intersection of Wright Brothers Boulevard SW and Sixth Street SW in Cedar Rapids, according to the plea agreement. The two usually arranged drug deals through text messages and would meet buyers in a bathroom at one of the businesses.

During these transactions, Youngblood would hand off heroin to Harrington and he would make the sales, according to the plea.

When Harrington and Youngblood were arrested during a traffic stop following the controlled buy on March 5, the plea said, investigators found a loaded Taurus .380 pistol in the car and a mixture that contained 2.11 grams of heroin and about 1.79 grams of fentanyl, a prescription painkiller 50 times more potent than heroin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The heroin mix was in several small plastic bags and found inside Youngblood’s jacket pockets, according to the plea. Investigators also found on Harrington five $20 bills with serial numbers that matched the bills given to the confidential informant.

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