Six men and women from northeast Iowa were sentenced in U.S. District Court to a combined 52 years in prison for their roles in a heroin distribution ring. All six pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroine as part of a drug ring that had been operating in their hometown of Waterloo since 2007.

Forty-six-year-old Rochester Mitchell was sentenced to the longest term of 20 years in prison, followed by 43-year old Arthur Scott at 12-years. Fifty-five-year-old Edward Sapp received a 10-year-sentence, 53-year-old Windy Hayes four years, 55-year-old Thelma Moore got a 40-month sentence and 55-year-old Arvester Edwards will have to serve 37-months.

There is no parole in the federal system. Each was also ordered to pay a special court assessment of 100-dollars, and they will have to serve various amounts of supervised release after they get out of prison.