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Mount Vernon man guilty of gun and drug charges

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MOUNT VERNON (KWWL) -- A man who tried to swallow a baggie of marijuana while being arrested and who was then found to possess two guns pleaded guilty Friday in a Cedar Rapids federal court.

Marc Snively, age 43, from Mount Vernon, was convicted of one charge of being an illegal drug user in possession of firearms and one charge of possession of marijuana.

According to information filed with the court, Mount Vernon law enforcement officers went to Snively's home on January 27, 2010, to arrest him for failure to maintain control and for leaving the scene of an accident. Snively pulled a small bag of marijuana from his pocket and put it in his mouth. He refused to spit it out, and an officer had to use a Taser to get Snively to stop resisting arrest.

Officers obtained a search warrant after seeing marijuana roaches and a beer can with marijuana on it in Snively's kitchen. During the search, officers found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and two firearms – a 12 gauge shotgun and a .22 pistol.

Federal law prohibits an illegal drug user from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Snively was taken into custody after the guilty plea because he violated his pretrial release conditions by using alcohol. He will remain in custody pending sentencing. Snively faces a possible maximum sentence of 11 years' imprisonment, a fine of at least $1,000 and up to $350,000, $125 in special assessments, and 4 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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