Independence Man Sentenced for Drugs, Weapons

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- An Independence man received a 22 year federal prison sentence on May 31 after pleading guilty to four separate drug and gun related crimes.

Police found 36-year-old Troy Postel-Vargason in February 2017 lying in a field in Independence with a loaded handgun and more than 500 grams of ice methamphetamine.

In November 2017 Postel-Vargason plead guilty to 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.

The other count referred to a case in which he possessed a firearm in the Southern District of Iowa. Postel-Vargason agreed to transfer that case to the Northern District of Iowa, so he could be sentenced on all four charges at the same time.

He was sentenced to 270 months in prison and a 10 year term of supervised release after the prison term.

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