Dubuque Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

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Crack cocaine. Stock Photo by DEA.

A woman who distributed crack cocaine with her father was sentenced September 3, 2021, to eight months in federal prison.

Lekeya Shantay Gillenwater, age 29, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after a March 1, 2021 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. 

Information at sentencing showed that, between January 2020 and August 2020, Gillenwater agreed to distribute crack cocaine with her father and others.  Law enforcement bought crack cocaine from Gillenwater or her father on four different occasions in the summer of 2020.  On August 10, 2020, law enforcement searched Gillenwater’s residence in Dubuque and recovered over 14 grams of crack cocaine, $1,400, and drug packaging.     

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Gillenwater was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Gillenwater was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment.  She must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.


Gillenwater is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until she can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Dubuque Drug Task Force. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 20-CR-01043.

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