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Hiawatha Man Pleads Guilty to Ammunition and Methamphetamine Charges

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

A man who was found in a rental van with ammunition and methamphetamine in a syringe pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Joshua James Feye, age 36, from Hiawatha, Iowa, was convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition, and one count of possessing methamphetamine after three prior convictions for drug or chemical crimes.

In a plea agreement, Feye admitted that on February 17, 2020, he was in a rental van parked in the front yard of a property in Marion, Iowa, when the Marion Police Department contacted him in connection to a report of the vehicle being used to transport a minor illegally.  During the investigation, the officers found Feye had an outstanding arrest warrant.  When they arrested him, they subsequently found methamphetamine, a syringe to inject methamphetamine, and ammunition.  Feye had previously been convicted of possession of pseudoephedrine in 2015; possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine in 2009; theft in the second degree in 2006; and possession of anhydrous ammonia and lithium in 2018. 

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Feye remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Feye faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 days’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 13 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick J. Reinert and was investigated by the Marion, Iowa, Police Department in concert with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-00024.  Follow us on Twitter @USAO_NDIA.

Updated August 17, 2021

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