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Seven-Time Felon Who Possessed Firearm and Crack Pleads Guilty to Federal Crimes

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

A man who illegally possessed a firearm and possessed crack cocaine he intended to distribute pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Patrick Green, age 50, from Dubuque, Iowa, was convicted of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possessing with intent to distribute cocaine base, which is also known as crack cocaine.

At the plea hearing, Green admitted that he illegally possessed the firearm in July 2017 and that he possessed the crack in October 2018.  Green had previously been convicted of seven felonies, including four drug felonies, two armed robberies, and aggravated discharge of a firearm.

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.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Green remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing.  Green faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being investigated by the Dubuque Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Dubuque Drug Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Chatham. 

Court file information at

The case file number is CR‑19‑1018‑CJW‑MAR.

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Updated October 12, 2021

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