North Liberty Man Sentenced to Prison for Heroin Distribution

DAVENPORT, Iowa — On December 30, 2020, United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Eric Allen Rhine, age 55, of North Liberty, to 120 months in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Following his prison term, Rhine was ordered to serve five years of supervised release as well as pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

This investigation began in 2018 involving narcotics trafficking between Johnson County and Chicago, Illinois. Law enforcement determined Rhine and his co-conspirator, Robert Rankins, Jr., obtained heroin in Chicago and sold it in Johnson County. Rhine admitted the conspiracy was responsible for selling more than 1,000 grams of heroin and he was supplying heroin to numerous individuals in the Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty area.

This matter was investigated by the Johnson County Drug Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.