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Dubuque man charged in heroin death


The U.S. Department of Justice has announced charges against 50-year-old Alvin Briggs, Jr. after prosecutors say someone died after he gave them heroin.

In an indictment, Briggs is charged with one count of distribution of heroin resulting in death and four counts of distribution of heroin near a school and a playground.


The indictment alleges that in July 2012, Briggs gave heroin to a person identified as S.R., and that S.R.'s death resulted from use of the heroin. The indictment also accuses Briggs of distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of Prescott Elementary School and Jackson Park in January and February this year.

If convicted on all charges, Briggs faces a possible mandatory minimum sentence of 24 years in federal prison and a possible maximum life sentence.  He also faces a $9,000,000 fine, $500 in special assessments, and up to a lifetime term of supervised release following imprisonment.­

Briggs appeared in court Monday morning, and is due back in court for a detention hearing this Wednesday.

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