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Drug User Who Unlawfully Possessed a Firearm Sentenced to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa
Mixon was found in possession of illegal drugs, $12,000, packaging materials, and a rifle.

A drug user who unlawfully possessed a rifle was sentenced September 10, 2020, to more than seven months in federal prison.

Isaiah Roy Mixon, age 21, from Spencer, Iowa, received the prison term after a guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a drug user. 

Information provided at his detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed that on January 6, 2019, Spencer, Iowa police officers responded to a request for a welfare check of defendant at his residence. Mixon was found in possession of 12 grams of marijuana, packaging materials, grinders, recently opened odorless bags that had been mailed to him, $12,000 in cash, and a DPMS .223 rifle and ammunition. 

Mixon was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Mixon was sentenced to 7 months’ 28 days imprisonment.  He must also serve a 6-month 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.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.  For more information about Project Guardian, please see /media/1122011/download?inline.

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

The case was investigated by the Spencer, Iowa Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Court file information at

The case file number is 19-CR-4074.

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Updated September 16, 2020

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