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Meth-maker caught in North Iowa with illegal gun sent to federal prison

SIOUX CITY – A convicted meth-maker caught in North Iowa with an illegal gun has been sent to federal prison.

Stephen Bryant, 52, from Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 8, 2021, guilty plea to prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Bryant was previously convicted of manufacture of methamphetamine in Marshall County, Mississippi in 2003, and manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in Sioux County, Iowa, on April 18, 2016.

At the plea hearing, Bryant admitted he was previously convicted of a felony and was a drug user which prohibit him from possessing firearms. Evidence showed that on May 8, 2021, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle Bryant was driving. Due to suspicious behavior, law enforcement deployed a K-9 on the exterior of the vehicle which indicated to the presence of controlled substances. Officers seized a handgun, which was determined to be stolen, and a magazine located underneath the driver seat.

Bryant was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Bryant was sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Bryant 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 Patrick T. Greenwood and investigated by Spencer Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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