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Chicago man sentenced to life for federal drug charges

Max Wright, sentenced to life in federal prison for drug charges. (Linn County Jail)

A Chicago man will spend life in federal prison for distributing drugs that led to overdoses in Cedar Rapids.

Federal authorities say 36-year-old Max Wright brought large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine from Chicago to Cedar Rapids between 2013 and June 2015.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate similar to heroin, but is much more potent.

Witnesses told investigators that the drugs that were sold by Wright, as well as two other men, grew more potent by late 2014. As a result, 6 six individuals overdosed almost immediately after using the drugs. Two of the users died.

Wright was sentenced on Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. He was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to distribute, and 30 years for drug distribution -- both of which are concurrent sentences.

There is no parole in the federal justice system. If ever released from prison, Wright must serve an 8-year-term of supervised release.

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