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Cedar Rapids man sentenced to over 27 years for distributing heroin

Two victims overdosed, one later died

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man, who has distributed heroin since 2015 and contributed to two victims overdosing and one later dying, was sentenced to over 27 years in federal prison Thursday.

Donald Johnson, also known as “Scony,” 52, of Cedar Rapids and originally from Chicago, Ill., pleaded guilty in March to two counts of distribution of heroin causing serious bodily injury, and one count of distribution of heroin causing death.

Johnson would receive gram quantities of heroin and then broke the drug into smaller quantities to sell. Johnson was fronted the heroin to sell on multiple occasions and had more than one supplier, according to court documents. Johnson’s heroin distribution resulted in two victims overdosing and then one of them later dying, according court documents. One victim used the heroin Jan. 15, 2016 and had to be taken to the hospital to be revived. The same person then used heroin again from Johnson on July 5, 2016 and died.

A different victim bought heroin June 29, 2016, overdosed and had to be revived by medical personnel, according to court documents.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade sentenced Johnson 325 months in prison and ordered him to serve three years of supervised release following any prison time.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.

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