Burlington men sentenced on federal cocaine conspiracy

On Friday of last week, Akeem Levelle Eison, 28, and Zachary Robert Shullaw, 36, both of Burlington, Iowa, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Jarvey for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Eison was sentenced to 100 months imprisonment. Shullaw was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment. Both were also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following the imprisonment and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

Beginning approximately March 2012 and continuing until around April 24, 2013, Eison and Shullaw conspired with other persons to distribute cocaine in the Burlington, Iowa area. Specifically, Shullaw personally sold undercover law enforcement personnel cocaine in ounce quantities. Eison distributed cocaine during the course of the conspiracy including providing co-defendant Shane Francis Culbertson with a multi-ounce quantity of drugs which Culbertson then arranged to sell to undercover law enforcement personnel.

On January 21, Judge Jarvey sentenced Culbertson to 30 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release following imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The remaining co-defendant, Corey Damon Keys, has pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and is awaiting sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Iowa Department of Narcotics Enforcement, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Burlington, Iowa, Police Department and the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorneyâ??s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

(Information provided by United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, Southern District of Iowa)