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Date: 06-20-2024

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United States of America v. Henry Earl Dinkins

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Court: The United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office for Davenport

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Davenport Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

A Davenport man was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison for Conspiracy to Distribute 500 Grams or More of Methamphetamine.

According to public court documents and evidence presented at sentencing, on April 25, 2019, Illinois State Police initiated a traffic stop of a van. Henry Earl Dinkins, 51, was a passenger in the van. The van was searched after a canine alerted to the presence of narcotics. Troopers found three bags containing a total of approximately 5,600 ecstasy pills, found to contain methamphetamine, which Dinkins intended to redistribute in the Davenport area. In September 2019, a confidential source bought pills containing methamphetamine from Dinkins.

Dinkins’ sentence is to be served consecutively to his convictions for first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the Iowa District Court in Scott County, in which he received life sentences without the possibility of parole. After completing his federal term of imprisonment, Dinkins will be required to serve supervised release for a term of life. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. This case was investigated by the Illinois State Police and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 120 months in federal prison. Dinkins will be required to serve supervised release for a term of life. There is no parole in the federal system.

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