- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in shipping heroin to eastern Iowa.

U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose issued the sentence Friday to Lennon Hunter, Jr., the mandatory minimum he faced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Federal prosecutors say the 56-year-old was responsible for “a very substantial amount of heroin” that was shipped from southern California to Davenport, Iowa between 2009 and 2012.

They say that on multiple occasions, Hunter and his associates sent heroin to Davenport using parcel carriers and mass transit. Once there, the drugs were delivered to Curtis Newman, Sr., for further distribution. In all, more than 1 kilogram was involved.

Newman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and is awaiting sentencing.

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