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September 1, 2015

Cedar Rapids Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Handgun

A man who was found in possession of a loaded handgun pled guilty yesterday in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Treshawn Smith, age 19, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of one count of being an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of a loaded handgun.

In a plea agreement, Smith admitted that he was nearby when Cedar Rapids Police were conducting a traffic stop on July 10, 2015, in the 4000 block of 20th Avenue SW. While conducting the traffic stop officers saw Smith throw an object nearby. The officers recognized it as a weapon and retrieved a loaded .38 caliber handgun. Smith claimed some unknown man had just handed it to him to look at as a possible purchase for $100. Smith admitted he was an unlawful user of marijuana and provided a urine sample that tested positive for marijuana.

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Smith remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. Smith faces a possible maximum sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney C.J. Williams and was investigated by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 15-CR-0081.

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