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Dealing Drugs and Buying Stolen Firearms While on Supervised Release Sends Man Back to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

A man who was selling drugs and bought stolen firearms while he was on supervised release from a 2020 firearm conviction was sentenced on April 6, 2023, to more than seven years in federal prison.

Timothy Rabineau, age 48, from Oxford Junction, Iowa, received the prison term after a November 1, 2022 guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Information from the sentencing hearing showed that on July 1, 2022, law enforcement officers searched Rabineau’s residence and found a drug ledger that showed Rabineau was distributing marijuana, THC vape cartridges, Xanax, Valium, and acid.  Officers also found two mason jars that held approximately thirty-five baggies containing 78.8 grams of marijuana.  Six days later, officers searched Rabineau’s residence again after receiving information that he had bought two handguns that were stolen from Theisen’s in Maquoketa by another individual on July 3, 2022.  Officers recovered a case containing the two stolen firearms and an additional firearm.  Rabineau admitted he bought the two stolen firearms.  At the time, Rabineau was still on supervised release from his 2020 conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon.      

Rabineau was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Rabineau was sentenced to a total of 88 months’ imprisonment comprised of 64 months’ imprisonment for the new crimes and a consecutive sentence of 24 months’ imprisonment for the supervised release violations.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Rabineau is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

These cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kyndra Lundquist and Lisa Williams and investigated by the Jones County Sheriff’s Office and the Maquoketa Police Department. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Court file information at

The case file numbers are 22-CR-0069 and 19-CR-0102.

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Updated April 7, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses