- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for selling crack cocaine at a candy store.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 36-year-old Dwayne Howard of Dubuque was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in October to one count of distribution of crack cocaine near a playground.

Under the plea agreement, Howard acknowledged he repeatedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in January and February 2014. The sales were at Howard’s business, Wayne’s Candy, in Dubuque.

During the sales, Howard told the officer to take items from the shelf so the transaction looked legitimate.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade sentenced Howard to 71 months in prison. After his release, he must serve a six-year term of supervised release.

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