Dubuque man accused of selling crack cocaine from candy store

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

A Dubuque man is accused of selling cocaine out of a now-closed candy store there.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa, on four occasions in January and February, 35-year-old Dwayne Howard is accused of selling crack cocaine to another person. Three of those sales allegedly took place inside Wayne’s Candy, a candy store Howard operated in Dubuque. The candy store is now closed.

Wayne’s Candy is near two parks. According to court documents, the former business was located within 1,000 feet of Madison and Orange parks. A fourth transaction took place within 1,000 feet of Prescott Elementary School, according to court documents.

According to online court records, an arrest warrant was executed on Aug. 18. Howard made appearances in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Monday and Wednesday and is being held without bond. A status hearing has been set for Sept. 24 and his trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 20.

Howard faces three counts of distribution of a controlled substance near a playground and one count of distribution of a controlled substance near a school. If convicted, Howard faces a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison without the possibility of parole and a maximum sentence of 160 years in prison, an $8 million fine, $400 in special assessments and supervised release ranging from six years to life.

According to online court records, Howard has previous convictions in Iowa of possession of a controlled substance, domestic abuse and driving while barred.

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