Public Safety

Chicago man sentenced to 2 years in prison for distributing heroin near Cedar Rapids park

FILE PHOTO: The Northwest Recreation Center and park will be built in the 100-year flood plain on land that previously held the Time Check Recreation Center, between Ellis Boulevard and Fourth Street NW to the west and east, and between I and K Avenues on the south and north. Photographed Thursday, March 15, 2012, in northwest Cedar Rapids (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
FILE PHOTO: The Northwest Recreation Center and park will be built in the 100-year flood plain on land that previously held the Time Check Recreation Center, between Ellis Boulevard and Fourth Street NW to the west and east, and between I and K Avenues on the south and north. Photographed Thursday, March 15, 2012, in northwest Cedar Rapids (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Chicago man who distributed heroin and fentanyl near Time Check Park was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in federal prison.

Julius Sullivan, 26, pleaded guilty in October to distribution of heroin within a protected location. 

Sullivan distributed heroin on July 31, near a playground in the park, 1131 Fifth St. NW, according to a criminal complaint.

The plea agreement shows Sullivan was pulled over for speeding April 5 of last year and provided a false name to Cedar Rapids police officers.

Officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle and found two blunts in the center cup holder area and a large plastic bag holding about 60 grams of marijuana in the glovebox.

Officers also found 5.72 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, and another bag with 40 methamphetamine tablets, according to the plea.

On July 24, Sullivan sold two bags of heroin to another person for $50 while both were in a car and then got into a fight. Sullivan cut the other person near the ear, telling officers later he did that because the man tried to pay him with a personal check, the plea agreement shows.

Sullivan admitted in the plea that on July 31 he met a drug customer outside his residence, which is within 1,000 feet of the Time Check Park playground, and sold him heroin. He also admitted to selling this man heroin in the past, at least two times a week for the past six months.

Sullivan also told officers he purchased 25 to 30 grams of heroin in Chicago and brought it back to Cedar Rapids to sell.

When officers searched his residence, they recovered $2,330 in cash, which Sullivan admitted came from drug sales, and a digital scale.

U.S. District Court Judge C.J. Williams sentenced Sullivan to 30 months in prison. He also must serve six years of supervised release following his prison time.

Sullivan remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until he can be taken to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Lightfoot and investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

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