News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Davenport Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

APR 14 -- On April 10, 2009, Matthew Antione Canady, age 24, formerly of Davenport, Iowa was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 324 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute at least fifty grams of cocaine base, announced United States Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker. Canady was also ordered to serve at least five years of supervised release after his imprisonment and pay an assessment of $100 to the Crime Victim Fund. Canady pled guilty on November 10, 2008.

At sentencing, the district court found Canady responsible for well in excess of 4.5 kilograms of cocaine base. In addition to drug quantity, the district court considered other advisory guideline range issues that included enhancements for possession of a dangerous weapon and reckless endangerment during flight. After a prior sentencing hearing on April 2, 2009, the district court concluded that Canady qualified for the possession of a dangerous weapon guideline enhancements based on pulling a loaded pistol on a co-conspirator who Canady accused of stealing money. Additionally, the district court found that Canady’s high speed vehicle flight on May 2, 2008, while knowingly fleeing from law enforcement, supported the enhancement for reckless endangerment during flight.

This case was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Iowa. This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Davenport Police Department.