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Drug User Who Possessed Thirteen Firearms Sentenced to a Decade in Federal Prison

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

A drug user who unlawfully possessed multiple firearms was sentenced today to ten years in federal prison.

Chandrique Day, age 21, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after a May 14, 2021 guilty plea to possessing a firearm as a drug user.

Evidence at the sentencing hearing showed that Day possessed multiple handguns, some of which were equipped with an extended magazine.  In addition, Day possessed an AR-15 rifle equipped with a high-capacity magazine.

Day was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Day was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and was investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar Falls Police Department.

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-2007.

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Updated November 8, 2021

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