Cedar Rapids Woman Who Sold $1,000 Worth of Heroin and Fentanyl Sentenced to Over Seven Months

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A woman who sold heroin and fentanyl in Cedar Rapids was sentenced today to over seven months in federal prison.

Ladonna Cynthia Givens, age 33, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 1, 2021 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

In a plea agreement, Givens admitted that she agreed with another person to distribute heroin on multiple occasions in January 2021.  Givens admitted that the other person would receive orders from drug customers, but that Givens would arrive at the meeting location and distribute the drugs.  She also admitted that on two occasions in January 2021, Givens sold $500 worth of purported heroin, which was later determined to contain both heroin and fentanyl.

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

Because Givens has already served seven months and fourteen days in custody pending sentencing, following her sentence she was released to the supervised release portion of her sentence.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force consisting of the DEA; the Linn County Sheriff’s Office; the Cedar Rapids Police Department; the Marion Police Department; and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham.

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

The case file number is 21‑CR‑00033‑CJW‑MAR.

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