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Rockford meth dealer who shot himself in foot with his AR-15 assault rifle sent to prison



This news story was published on February 18, 2018.
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SIOUX CITY – A Rockford man who possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and who possessed several firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking crime, including an AR-15 rifle, was sentenced February 12, 2018, to 15 years in federal prison.

Travis Daniel Counsell, 48, from Rockford, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 6, 2017, guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Information provided by the United States at the sentencing and change of plea hearings showed that on February 7, 2017, law enforcement was called to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa to investigate a subject that presented himself in the emergency room with a gunshot to the foot. Counsell reported he had shot himself in the foot with an AR-15 rifle. Counsell was a convicted felon, and not able to legally possess firearms. A search warrant was obtained for Counsell’s residence. Located during the search warrant was the loaded AR-15, a loaded .45 caliber handgun, and approximately two pounds of high purity methamphetamine. Counsell knowingly possessed the guns in furtherance of the drug trafficking crime.

Federal courthouse, Northern District
of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

Counsell was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade. Counsell was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment on the drug count and to 60 months’ imprisonment on the gun count, to be served consecutively. A special assessment of $200 was imposed. He must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Counsell is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers and investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE).

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13 Responses to Rockford meth dealer who shot himself in foot with his AR-15 assault rifle sent to prison

  1. outlawkid Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    A bigger man none of you will ever know. Any of you know brotherhood? No you don’t cuz you’re yuppie cowards. We live it. Brothers in the wind. Hundreds of us. Cops lie ChopperS Forever.
    HB2HB 4ever

  2. outlawkid Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Down but not Out solid as a rock.

    • outlawkid Reply Report comment

      February 28, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      A bigger man none of you will ever know. Any of you know brotherhood? No you don’t cuz you’re yuppie cowards. We fuckin live it

  3. outlawkid Reply Report comment

    February 28, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Down but not Out solid as a rock. A bigger man none of you will ever know. Any of you know about brotherhood? No you don’t because you’re yuppie cowards. We fucking live it. Brothers in the wind. Hundreds of us. Cops lie ChopperS Forever and Fuck You.
    HB2HB
    Until we ride again
    Godspeed

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 20, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Brain dead from Meth!

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Gun Control.. Gun Control … Gun Control.. it is against federal law to be a known drug user and have possession of guns. In Iowa alone do you know how many idiots on probation fail drug tests and still are able to keep there guns ?? All of them !! Iowa department of corrections does nothing. Let’s start enforcing the laws that are already on he books. O wait it’s to much work. We are talking about state workers…

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2018 at 5:50 am

    And now all those caustic carcinogens will kick in from meth. RIP

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2018 at 12:46 am

    ya cant fix stupid

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 19, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Brothers in the wind Down but not broken. You are not for gotten Free chop father FTW trust no one Cops lie

  9. anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    This junkies babys mamma roller derby girl was just arrested around 2AM Sat. morn in MC. I guess her new sugar daddy bailed her out before they could post a mugshot!

  10. Allen Reply Report comment

    February 18, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Damn, the gun was pointed in the wrong direction.