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December 4, 2008

Traffic stop leads to crack guilty plea

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) - United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today that a man who possessed crack cocaine with intent to distribute pled guilty on December 1, 2008, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Quantez cribbs, age 39, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute 8.2 grams of crack cocaine near a playground after having been previously convicted of a felony drug offense.

At the plea hearing, Cribbs admitted that, on January 5, 2008, the vehicle in which he was riding was stopped by police for a traffic violation. Officers discovered crack cocaine belonging to Cribbs. A search of Cribbs' residence then uncovered over eight grams of crack cocaine. Cribbs, who lived within 1,000 feet of a playground in Allison-Henderson Park, admitted he intended to sell some or all of the crack to others. Cribbs had previously been convicted in Chicago, Illinois, of delivery of a controlled substance.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Cribbs remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Cribbs faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, an $8,000,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and at least 8 years and not more than life on supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being 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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