News Release
October 17, 2008
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Iowa City Man Sentenced to 70 months in crack cocaine conspiracy case

OCT 17 -- (DAVENPORT, IA) - On October 15, 2008, United States Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker announced, Julius Ryan Sharkey, 21, was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also ordered Sharkey to serve three years of supervised release upon release from imprisonment and to pay an assessment of $200 to the Crime Victim Fund. Sharkey was involved in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine from approximately September 2007 until his arrest on February 7, 2008. On February 7, 2008, officers stopped Sharkey on his way back to Iowa City after picking up over 50 grams of crack cocaine from Chicago, Illinois.

This case was investigated by the Iowa City Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Coralville Police Department, Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa prosecuted the case.