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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Boone County Man Sentenced to Prison for Firearms Offense

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on April 2, 2019, Clay Thomas Paulson, age 22, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose for Possession of a Firearm while Trafficking Drugs. Paulson was sentenced to 60 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

On October 24, 2016, law enforcement responded to a report of a burglary at a home in Boone, Iowa, where 17 firearms had been stolen. Law enforcement were able to recover latent fingerprints from the burglary matching Paulson. On November 7, 2016, during an investigation into a drug trafficking conspiracy, law enforcement discovered some of the stolen firearms from the burglarized home in Boone. Further investigation led to the information that the firearms had been traded by Paulson for methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Boone Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Firearms Offenses
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Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 USAIAS-PAO@usdoj.gov
Updated April 3, 2019