Heroin trafficker convicted of causing death of Iowan woman | SiouxlandProud | Sioux City, IA
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCAU) – A Chicago man was convicted Thursday of distributing heroin to an Iowan woman who died after using it.
Eric DeAngelo Griggs, 40, of Chicago, was found guilty of one count of heroin distribution, one count of using Facebook Messenger to facilitate the distribution of heroin, and one count of heroin distribution, according to a statement. accusation using a cell phone to facilitate another heroin distribution on September 1. , 2018. Griggs was found not guilty of possession with intent to distribute heroin for the heroin seized from a vehicle he was traveling in on September 1, 2018. The verdict was rendered after nine hours of jury deliberation.
Evidence showed that Griggs was a supplier of heroin to individuals in Waterloo during the summer of 2018. On August 31, 2018, Griggs arranged to distribute $ 100 of heroin to a young woman in Cedar Falls via Facebook Messenger. She returned to a residence in Cedar Falls, used heroin, and then died of acute heroin poisoning.
Hours after her body was discovered, officers were able to text Griggs using her phone to arrange another heroin transaction. Griggs went to the location agreed upon with the undercover officer and was identified as the same person who had contacted the young woman the day before.
Griggs is still being held by the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Griggs faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a fine of $ 1,000,000 and three years of supervised release after any imprisonment.