Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Being a Drug User in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition | USAO-NDIA


A drug user who possessed firearms and ammunition was sentenced September 1, 2022, to six months in federal prison.

Douglas Studer, age 63, of Cedar Rapids, received the sentence after a November 15, 2021 guilty plea to one count of being a drug user in possession of firearms and ammunition.  At the plea hearing, Studer admitted that, on May 17, 2019, he knowingly possessed two pistols and 932 rounds of ammunition while being a user of methamphetamine.

Studer was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Studer was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

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.

Studer was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal on October 3, 2022.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Tremmel and was investigated by the Dubuque Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. 

The case file number is CR 21-1027.

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