Heroin ring leader gets 27 years federal prison

Case stems from 2010 raid in Waterloo

Published: January 30 2014 | 4:13 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:55 am in

A Chicago man authorities called the leader of an extensive heroin distribution ring in the Waterloo area was sentenced to more than 27 years in federal prison on Thursday, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Sean R. Berry.

Dwayne Appling, 37, was sentenced to two concurrently running 327-month prison terms during a hearing in Cedar Rapids by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade, according to court documents.

Appling must serve 10 years under supervision after his release from prison and pay a $200 special assessment, according to court documents.

Appling plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and distributing heroin near a school on Aug. 26, 2013, according to Berry's statement.

The case against Appling stems from a March 22, 2010 raid on several Waterloo homes including the home of Appling, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Appling, who'd worked part-time as a hair dresser, left town and was on the run for more than a year after being named in a federal indictment that included eight people in April 2011, according to the newspaper.

According to Berry's statement, citing information disclosed at the sentencing hearing, Appling lead an organization that distributed thousands of grams of heroin between 2007 and March 2010 in the Waterloo area.

Appling recruited at least eight others to sell heroin on his behalf, according to the statement. His network included more than 30 other people who've been federally prosecuted, according to the statement.

Several local law enforcement agencies participated in the investigation under the umbrella of the The Cedar Rapids Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force and the Tri-County Drug Task Force.

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