Two eastern Iowa men are facing prison time in separate drug cases. A Dubuque man has been sentenced to life in prison for selling cocaine close to a city park. Forty-seven-year-old Dennis Brown pleaded guilty in September to selling cocaine near a city park. Brown was accused of selling crack cocaine to another person in May of 2005 near Jackson Park in Dubuque. Brown has three prior felony drug convictions, which led to the life sentence.
And a member of a Waterloo gang has been sentenced to over 20 years in prison for drug and gun charges. Twenty-two-year-old Marlon Earsery was charged in November with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and conspiracy to use, carry and possess firearms related to a drug trafficking crime. Earsery pleaded guilty to both charges in January.
During his plea hearing, Earsery admitted that he moved to Waterloo from Chicago in 2003 and had traveled back several times to obtain powdered cocaine to sell in Waterloo. During a search of Earsery’s home in Waterloo, officers discovered drugs, paraphernalia and firearms. Earsery was sentenced Monday to 250 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.