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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cedar Rapids Drug Dealer Sentenced to 30 Years Imprisonment

A Cedar Rapids man who was found in possession of marijuana and a firearm was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison.

Anthony Steven Hall, Jr., 31, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a June 14, 2016, jury verdict finding him guilty of three crimes: possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a felon and drug user, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Evidence at trial showed that on April 13, 2015, police conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Hall.  Police searched the vehicle and located 63 individually wrapped bags of marijuana and a .40 caliber pistol in the vehicle’s center console.  Police also seized a cell phone used by Hall.  During the traffic stop, Hall provided police with a false name and date of birth.  When police attempted to place Hall under arrest, Hall attempted to flee and physically assaulted one of the police officers.  Investigators eventually searched the cell phone and located numerous text messages discussing the distribution of marijuana.  Investigators also located cell phone video depicting Hall with a firearm on a previous occasion.

Hall was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Hall was sentenced to 360 months imprisonment.  A special assessment of $300 was imposed.  He must also serve a five-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Hall 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 Lisa C. Williams and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Safe Streets Task Force.  The task force is composed of representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal Service, and the Cedar Rapids Police Department. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 15-CR-55.

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Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Updated December 7, 2016