Linn County Metro

Cedar Rapids man sentenced in federal court for dealing near-fatal drug mix

Victim nearly died of overdose, trial records indicate

Cordero Seals
Cordero Seals

CEDAR RAPIDS — A man convicted last year of distributing fentanyl-laced heroin that caused a near-fatal overdose was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison last week. 

Cordero Robert Seals, 29, of Cedar Rapids, was convicted by a jury on July 19 in U.S. District Court of one count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

Evidence presented at trial showed Seals sold heroin laced with fentanyl to a man in November 2016. Seals and the man then drove to a convenience store on First Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids, where the man entered the store’s bathroom and injected the heroin and fentanyl mix, according to trial evidence. A store surveillance video showed that about two minutes after the man left the bathroom, he lost consciousness and collapsed at the gas pump, the video showed.

The video also showed that after re-entering the convenience store, Seals looked out to the pumps where the man had collapsed, then left the area without checking on the victim.

Last April, Seals was arrested on an outstanding warrant, and during a search, police found six bags of heroin laced with fentanyl as well as nearly $3,800 in cash in Seals’ pockets, according to trial testimony.

U.S. District Senior Judge Linda Reade also ordered Seals to serve five years of supervised release after he serves his prison time.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, and the DEA Task force consisting of personnel from the DEA; the Linn County Sheriff’s Office; the Cedar Rapids, Marion and Iowa City police departments; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

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