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Iowa man headed to prison for possessing drugs and guns, fined $20K

This news story was published on February 22, 2021.
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CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who possessed multiple firearms and drugs was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison.

Daniel James Abbott, age 48, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term on Feb. 19 after a September 2, 2020 guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Documents filed earlier in the case show that in September 2019, Abbott was arrested with a backpack containing methamphetamine and marijuana-based edibles. Officers recovered a firearm a short distance away and Abbott was wearing a gun holster. Law enforcement officers searched two businesses run by Abbott. Officers located methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, another firearm, and $50,000 in cash at one business. In October 2019, officers searched Abbott’s residence and recovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and approximately 4,732 rounds of ammunition in various calibers.

Abbott was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Abbott was sentenced to 105 months’ imprisonment and fined $20,000. He was ordered to pay $4,736 in attorney fees. He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Abbott 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 Emily K. Nydle and was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of the Hiawatha Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion Police Department, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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