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Cedar Rapids man convicted of distributing drugs that caused near-fatal overdose

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A man, who distributed heroin laced with fentanyl that caused a near-fatal overdose, was convicted after a three-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Cordero Robert Seals, 29, from Cedar Rapids, was convicted of one count of Distribution of Heroin and Fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute heroin and fentanyl. 

The evidence at trial showed that Seals sold heroin laced with fentanyl to a man in November 2016. Surveillance video from the store showed that about two minutes after the man left the bathroom, he lost consciousness and collapsed at the gas pump.  The video showed Seals re-entering the convenience store after the man overdosed, and then looking out to the pumps where the man had collapsed.  Seals then left the area without returning to the man’s vehicle. 

Trial evidence also showed that in April 2017, Seals was arrested for an Outstanding Warrant by Cedar Rapids Police.

Seals faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, $200 in special assessments, and a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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