Iowa pot dealer imprisoned for possession of sawed-off shotgun, rifle

Traeves Dashonn Bowers, 33, of Waterloo, Iowa. (Photo: The Courier)

A drug dealer in Iowa could serve more than two years behind bars for possession of a sawed-off shotgun, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Traeves Dashonn Bowers, 33, of Waterloo, plead guilty in December after law enforcement discovered the shotgun, a rifle and 26 grams of marijuana during a search of his apartment seven months earlier.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand sentenced Bowers to 30 months in federal prison, with two years of supervised release.

The DOJ said the fell under the purview of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program to reduce gun-related crime across the nation. In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions touted the program as one of the county’s approaches to reducing violent crime.

Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017, according to Session. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years — and the department “is just getting started.”

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