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Rockford man sentenced to federal prison for dealing meth, possessing AR-15

Rockford man sentenced to federal prison for dealing meth, possessing AR-15


CEDAR RAPIDS - A Rockford man was sentenced Feb. 12 to 15 years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of several firearms while drug trafficking, including an AR-15 rifle.

Travis Daniel Counsell, 48, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking in July 2017. 

U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade sentenced Counsell to 180 months in prison for the two charges. 

A special assessment of $200 was imposed and he must also serve a 5-year term of supervised release prison.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Law enforcement was called to Mercy Medical Center--North Iowa in February 2017 to investigate a man who arrived at the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his foot.  

Counsell reported he had shot himself in the foot with an AR-15 rifle.  As a convicted felon, Counsell is not able to legally possess firearms.  

A search warrant was obtained for Counsell’s residence. The search warrant yielded a loaded AR-15, a loaded .45 caliber handgun and approximately 2 pounds of high-purity meth. 

Counsell is being held in the U.S. Marshal’s custody at Linn County Jail until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was investigated by the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement.

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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