Brian Dennis, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was given a sentence of more than 33 years in jail for being the leader of a long-running scheme to sell heroin and fentanyl. Dennis was sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin on June 27th, 2022.
More about Brian’s crime…
Over six kilos of heroin were transported from Chicago to Cedar Rapids under Dennis’ direction. Early in 2021, the Cedar Rapids office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began a wiretap investigation into Dennis’s drug trafficking network. Throughout the wiretap, Dennis used middlemen to sell consumers claimed heroin that was typically spiked with fentanyl or another synthetic opiate. Several clients often sold that heroin to other people.
Dennis and his cousin, who used to sell heroin for Dennis, got into an argument in November 2018. Dennis called his cousin and threatened him because he thought his relative had taken his clients. On November 29th, 2018, Dennis engaged in a drive-by shooting in Cedar Rapids and used a.22 caliber handgun to kill his cousin twice in the chest. Although the cousin who was attacked survived, the sentencing court noted that Dennis put “money before family.” Dennis, according to the judge, is the “poster child” for a significant drug dealer who employs violence to run his company.
The DEA Omaha Division Special Agent in Charge Justin C. King stated:
“A recognized drug trafficker with a history of crimes has been kicked out of our community leaving the streets of Cedar Rapids that much more secure for our residents.”
How it all ended?
In June 2021, when police tried to apprehend Dennis for violating a federal arrest warrant, he led them on a high-speed automobile pursuit during which he threw a loaded revolver out of his car, jumped red lights, and finally drove into a golf course and crashed into a stone bridge. Dennis got out of his car and tried to get away on foot before being stopped by police.
Dennis is being kept in the United States Marshals custody until he can be sent to a federal jail.