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Southern District of Iowa

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Offense

DAVENPORT, IA – On July 15, 2015, Charlie D. Pitchford, age 34, was sentenced by Senior United States District Judge James E. Gritzner to 33 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute marijuana, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Pitchford was also ordered to serve four years supervised release following the imprisonment, to forfeit the firearm and ammunition he possessed, and to pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

On March 10, 2012, Coralville, Iowa, police stopped a vehicle in which Pitchford was the front seat passenger. Upon searching the vehicle, police found a loaded .45 caliber pistol under the front passenger seat. Next to the pistol was a plastic bag that contained 19 individually packaged bags of marijuana - each bag containing approximately 1 gram of marijuana. The pistol and the marijuana belonged to Pitchford and he intended to distribute some or all of the marijuana to other persons.

This case was investigated by the Coralville, Iowa, Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Updated July 16, 2015