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CHARLES CITY – Authorities are asking for federal charges for a Chicago man who allegedly sold heroin in Charles City and was found with almost an ounce of suspected heroin during a bus trip to Iowa in January.

A special agent with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement on Thursday filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids seeking to charge Lashawn Phillip Stewart, also known as Lilshawon Stewart, 22, with distribution of heroin. He is currently in the Floyd County Jail on a state drug charge.

Court records list Stewart address as South Vincennes Avenue in Chicago and show he formerly lived on East State Street in Mason City.

Narcotics agents investigating heroin in the Charles City area began focusing on Stewart in January after he was identified through a confidential source. During the probe, Stewart allegedly sold 3.5 gram of suspected heroin to an undercover operative for $250 on Jan. 16 at a Fourth Avenue home and then another 5.2 grams for $420 the following day.

On Jan. 28, Stewart was on a bus from Chicago to Waterloo when officers with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement approached him and found two baggies of an off-white powder that together weighed almost an ounce, court records state. The substance from the bus as well as the earlier sales has been sent to a DCI lab for analysis.

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