Dubuque man gets over 21 years on crack conviction - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

December 4, 2008

Dubuque man gets over 21 years on crack conviction

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) - United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that a man who conspired to sell crack near a Dubuque school was sentenced November 25, 2008, to more than 21 years in federal prison.

Baron Miguel Hoskins, age 30, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 17, 2008, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of crack cocaine near a school after having previously been convicted of a felony drug offense.

At the guilty plea, Hoskins admitted he conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine in Dubuque. Hoskins sold most of the crack cocaine from his residence that was within 1,000 feet of Jefferson Junior High School. Hoskins was convicted in 1999 in Iowa District Court in Dubuque of delivery of cocaine.

Hoskins was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Hoskins was sentenced to 262 months' imprisonment. A special assessment of $100 was imposed. He must also serve an eight-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Hoskins is being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel C. Tvedt and was investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force, consisting of officers of the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and the Dubuque Police Department.

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