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Independence man sentenced to 22 years after drug, gun convictions

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A man, who authorities say they found lying in an Iowa field with meth and a stolen gun, is sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison on Thursday.

36-year-old Troy Postel-Vargason was given 22 years on four drug and gun-related convictions in Cedar Rapids District Court. He pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2017. 

According to a criminal complaint tied to the case, Postel-Vargason was found by officers in a field near his home in Independence in February of last year. Officers said they found Postel-Vargason holding a bag containing more than 500 grams of ice methamphetamine, along with a loaded handgun. Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation authorities later determined the gun was a match for one that had been reported stolen.

Postel-Vargason was sentenced on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking felony and two separate counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the United States Department of Justice. 

The Independence man was also involved in a lengthy high-speed chase through Black Hawk County and a portion of Buchanan County in December 2016. That ordeal ended peacefully, with Postel-Vargason charged on counts that included eluding.

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