CR Man Charged with Firearm, Meth Distribution

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A Cedar Rapids man who fired a handgun at a gas station pled guilty to dealing methamphetamine on August 1.

39-year-old Jerry Love of Cedar Rapids was convicted of Distribution of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Love admitted he sold ice methamphetamine at his house in Cedar Rapids to an undercover police informant on October 26, 2016, in the plea agreement.

On February 6, 2017, Love went to Guppy's on the Go on Edgewood Road NW.

Love then got out of his truck with a .45 caliber pistol and fired his gun into the street.

He then drove to the Casey's General on 33rd Avenue SW where police officers found him an hour after he had fired his pistol.

Authorities told Love to get out of the truck, but he stayed in the truck for more than ten minutes.

Love got out of his truck after officers broke Love's truck window and sent a dog into the truck.

While arresting Love, authorities found19.2 grams of pure methamphetamine and $360 in cash on him.

Love admitted he planned on distributing part of the methamphetamine in his plea agreement.

Police also found a .45 caliber pistol, a loaded .45 caliber magazine, a methamphetamine pipe, and 11 additional .45 caliber cartridges in Love's truck.

Love will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Linda R. Reade after a presentence report is prepared.

Love is in custody of the United States Marshal and will remain in custody pending sentencing.

He faces a mandatory 10 year sentence in prison and a maximum of life in prison, an $8,250,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release after an jail time.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin A. Lightfoot and Patrick J. Reinert and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Drew O. Inman.

The case was investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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