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Lost Nation Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Drug and Firearm Charge

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

DAVENPORT, Iowa – On July 19, 2022, a Lost Nation, Iowa man, Gary Dale Smith, age 50, was sentenced to 126 months in prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine and Felon in Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition. Following his prison term, Smith was ordered to serve five years of supervised release. Smith pleaded guilty in February 2022.

In June 2021, Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies observed stolen items on Smith’s property. Deputies obtained a search warrant and recovered the stolen property. Upon their arrival, deputies observed Smith run into an outbuilding and found Smith in possession of a knife, a firearm, and methamphetamine. Deputies obtained an additional search warrant for an RV on the property, in which Smith resided, and located approximately 100 grams of methamphetamine, ammunition, a money counter, a video surveillance system, and other evidence of drug trafficking. Defendant had prior drug trafficking-related convictions in Arizona and Illinois, which prohibited him from possessing a firearm.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the case.


MacKenzie Tubbs

Updated July 21, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses