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New Hartford felon and marijuana grower sentenced to prison for unlawfully possessing guns


This news story was published on July 24, 2020.
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Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – Police went to a New Hartford house looking for endangered rattlesnakes, but found a felon with guns and drugs.

Brian Anderson, age 52, from New Hartford, Iowa, received a year in federal prison after a December 9, 2019 guilty plea to being a felon and an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm.

Information at sentencing showed that law enforcement searched Anderson’s home in New Hartford in June 2018. Officers were initially searching the home looking for endangered rattlesnakes that Anderson allegedly possessed. During the search, officers found the body of one dead rattlesnake. But officers also found a marijuana grow operation, including over 120 marijuana plants, and two guns nearby. Anderson was prohibited from possessing guns because he had previously been convicted of the felony offense of manufacturing marijuana and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. He also had a previous conviction for illegally possessing two handguns.

Anderson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Anderson was sentenced to 12 months’ and one day in prison. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and investigated the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Waterloo Police Department, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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3 Responses to New Hartford felon and marijuana grower sentenced to prison for unlawfully possessing guns

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    July 24, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Maybe he can become an instructor in prison on how to grow marijuana. It will be legal in the future. The state needs the revenue stream. Iowa is losing millions to Colorado and Illinois.

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    July 24, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    There has to be a more balanced approach to justice. Why is it that lying is prevalent with these law-MAKERS. So many are gaming the system for their own benefit. Like that rule on wally street about no inside trading. That’s how it’s done. Feinstein and Pelosi both have husbands. And both have made a killing in stocks from the ‘Roni. If she is sleeping in the same bed as her husband then she is telling him inside information. Guilty! Yet let’s go after potheads and make a big deal about it. Now is the perfect time to impose term limits on serving. Like it is INSTANTLY apparent that everything needs to be closed down till 2021 to stop the spread. Do the math. It’s easy. King Kong will win over the dollar. Be smart.

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      July 24, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      The only thing being a “pothead” had to do with it was, being a felon and an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm.

      Yes, the dreaded POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, while being a FELON.

      Anderson was prohibited from possessing guns because he had previously been convicted of the felony offense of manufacturing marijuana and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute. He also had a previous conviction for illegally possessing two handguns.