Rockford Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Fentanyl and Illegally Possessing a Firearm
ROCKFORD — An Iowa man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Rockford on federal drug and firearm charges.
BRADLEY S. GODDARD, 33, of Clinton, Iowa, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, according to an indictment returned Jan. 25, 2022, in U.S. District Court in Rockford. The drug charge involves 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, the indictment states. The charges allege that Goddard possessed the drugs and firearm on Sept. 8, 2021, in Fulton, Ill.
Goddard pleaded not guilty Wednesday during arraignment in federal court.
The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Bell, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Nicholas Neblung, Chief of Police of the Fulton, Ill., Police Department. The Whiteside County, Ill., Sheriff’s Office and the Morrison, Ill., Police Department assisted in the investigation. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vincenza L. Tomlinson.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.