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Chicago man convicted in death of Iowa woman from heroin

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Chicago man who sold heroin to an Iowa woman who later died from the drug was convicted Thursday of drug-related charges, federal prosecutors said.

Eric DeAngelo Griggs, 40, was convicted of distribution of heroin that resulted in the death of a young Cedar Falls woman on Aug. 31, 2018.

Prosecutors said in a news release that Griggs distributed heroin in the Waterloo area in 2018. The woman bought heroin from Griggs, went to her home and later died of acute heroin intoxication.

A jury also convicted Griggs of using Facebook Messenger to facilitate the heroin distribution, and using a cell phone to facilitate another heroin distribution. He was found not guilty of possession with intent to distribute heroin after heroin was seized from a vehicle he was traveling in on Sept. 1, 2018.

The verdict came after a three-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.