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Dubuque Woman Admits Setting Up Drug Deal That Led to Fatal Overdose

A Dubuque woman could be headed to federal prison for up to 20 years after admitting to setting up the drug deal that led to an overdose death. 24-year-old Brianna Martin pled guilty in federal court to a single count of Distribution of Heroin this week. According to prosecutors, Martin set up a July 2016 transaction between a heroin dealer and a user. That person died after taking the heroin they bought from Martin’s connection. Later that month, Martin again acted as a “go-between” for the dealer, setting up another sale to a source working with Dubuque Drug Task Force officers who were investigating the earlier death. In addition, Martin also admitted that she was responsible for another overdose death in July of 2015. In that instance, Martin had sold the “take home” dose of methadone she received from a drug treatment program. One of the people who bought a portion of the dose died after using what they had bought from Martin. It’s not yet known when Martin will be sentenced.

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