A 30-year-old man who conspired to distribute heroin was sentenced to federal prison on Tuesday.
Evidence at the hearing showed Taylor James Leyden conspired with others to distribute substances that contained both heroin and fentanyl.
In 2021, Cedar Rapids DEA conducted a wiretap investigation of several heroin and fentanyl traffickers in the area. Following intercepted communications from the wiretap, police pulled over a vehicle in which Leyden was riding. During a search of the vehicle, officials found over 10 grams of a substance containing heroin, fentanyl, and synthetic opioids acetyl fentanyl, para-fluorofentanyl, and metonitazene. Two months later, Leyden was stopped again and found with 3.5 grams of a substance that contained heroin, fentanyl, and metonitazene.
Leyden was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after his term ends.
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