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Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced In Federal Court For Drug Conspiracy

April 21, 2014

Contact: Peter Deegan

A Cedar Rapids man who was the former owner of the Sound Shop, a Cedar Rapids business, was sentenced today to more than 3 years in federal prison.

Nels Nolan Nelson, 34, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a January 27, 2014, guilty plea to one count of conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

At the guilty plea, Nelson admitted he conspired with other individuals to distribute marijuana and possessed marijuana with intent to distribute the drug. 

Nelson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Nelson was sentenced to 41 months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Nelson 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 Matthew J. Cole and investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Court file information is available at ttps://  The case file number is 14-CR-00006.



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