Methamphetamine User Driving with Stolen Firearm Receives Federal Prison Sentence | USAO-NDIA

A methamphetamine user found with two firearms in his vehicle was sentenced August 26, 2020, to a term in federal prison.

Lukas Rick, age 24, from Center Point, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 6, 2020 guilty plea to possession of firearms by a drug user.

At the guilty plea, Rick admitted he was driving a car and in possession of both a .30-06 caliber Ithaca rifle and a 12 gauge Remington shotgun.  At the time he possessed these guns, he was an unlawful user of methamphetamine.  Law enforcement stopped Rick’s car because it was missing a license plate.  Law enforcement subsequently discovered that the rifle in Rick’s possession was stolen.

Rick was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Rick was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment and fined $100.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Rick was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal; Bureau of Prisons at a later date.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.  For more information about Project Guardian, please see https://www.justice.gov/ag/page/file/1217186/download.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Liz Dupuich and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 19-CR-0114.

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