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Waterloo crack dealer headed to federal prison


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A Waterloo man convicted of selling crack cocaine in Cedar Falls and Waterloo will spend more than 11 years in federal prison.

Mark Hopper, 31, pleaded guilty to Conspiring to Distribute Crack Cocaine on Nov. 5, 2010 and was sentenced on Thursday.

Hopper admitted that he and Robert Dale sold crack cocaine throughout eastern Iowa after buying powder cocaine from Mexico and cooking it into crack cocaine.

Police seized nearly five pounds of crack cocaine and two guns from Hopper and Dale's homes in September 2010.

Hopper was convicted in Black Hawk County of Possession a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute in 1999, but received a suspended prison sentence.  In 2002, he was acquitted in federal court of similar drug charges.

Hopper was sentenced to 11 years, 8 months in federal prison, a special assessment of $100 and 10 years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

Robert Dale will be sentenced at a later date.

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