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Waterloo drug user with stolen gun pleads guilty

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A man who was an illegal marijuana user and had a stolen gun pled guilty Tuesday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

22 year-old Courtney Mills, from Waterloo, was convicted of one count of being an illegal drug user in possession of a firearm.

Information disclosed in court showed Mills was an unlawful user of marijuana on December 27, 2009. That night, he was stopped in a traffic stop. When Waterloo police officers approached the car he was driving, the officers detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car. They searched the car and found a loaded 9mm pistol and bag of marijuana. The gun had been stolen in Waterloo about 10 days earlier.

Federal law prohibits an illegal drug user from possessing a firearm or ammunition. There is no such prohibition under Iowa law.

Mills faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, a $100 special assessment, and up to 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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