Dubuque woman pleads guilty to distributing heroin

A woman, who distributed a fatal dose of methadone, pled guilty Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. 

Brianna Marie Martin, 24, from Dubuque, was convicted of one count of distribution of heroin. 

Prior court documents show that on July 19, 2016, the Dubuque Drug Task Force investigated the death of a person who had obtained heroin by using Martin as a connection to a heroin dealer. At the plea hearing, Martin admitted she had facilitated the heroin transaction. An autopsy determined that this person died as a result of mixed drug toxicity involving methamphetamine and heroin. On July 28, 2016, the Dubuque Drug Task Force use a confidential source to arrange a controlled buy of heroin through Martin from the same drug dealer. At the plea hearing, Martin admitted that, during the July 28 controlled by, she distributed heroin to the confidential source. 

Martin also admitted that in July 2015, she was participating in a drug treatment program in Galena, Illinois. As part of that program, she had a "take home" dose of methadone on a Saturday, for use on Sunday when the methadone clinic was closed. Martin admitted she would sometimes sell her "take Home" dose of methadone to others. She admitted that on July 12, 2015 she distributed her "take home" dose to others. On July 13, 2015, one person was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead. An autopsy determined that this person died of complications of acute methadone intoxication. 

Martin faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, and up to a lifetime term of supervised release following any imprisonment. 

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