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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 1, 2022

Fayette Drug Dealer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Firearms

A man that possessed firearms in connection with marijuana distribution was sentenced June 30, 2022, to more than five years in federal prison.

Kaleb James Huffman, age 23, from Fayette, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 28, 2021 guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a drug user. 

Evidence disclosed at sentencing showed that, on December 4, 2020, law enforcement searched Huffman’s residence and seized a Mossberg 715T, .22 LR caliber rifle with an obliterated serial number, a Raven Arms P-25, .25 Auto caliber pistol, and at least two pounds of marijuana, all in the same bedroom.  Law enforcement also located evidence of marijuana use throughout the residence.  A later search of Huffman’s social media accounts revealed pictures and videos of Huffman smoking marijuana, advertising the sale of marijuana, and possessing large sums of cash. 

Huffman was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Huffman was sentenced to 70 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.

Huffman 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 Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Fayette Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

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

The case file number is 21-CR-02045-CJW.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses
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Updated July 1, 2022