- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl, leading to multiple overdoses and deaths.

Forty-three-year-old DeShaun Anderson was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury and death Wednesday. Fentanyl is a powerful pain reliever.

Prosecutors say two people died between late February and mid-April and four people suffered serious injury as a result of drugs distributed by Anderson and others. Court documents say that at least four other people lost consciousness, but did not suffer serious injury between January and April 2015.

Anderson faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

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