Armed Drug Dealer Sentenced to more than Eight Years in Federal Prison on a Firearm Charge | USAO-NDIA

A convicted felon, and armed drug dealer, who unlawfully possessed a gun was sentenced April 14, 2021 to more than eight years in federal prison.

Gregory Sewalson, age 34, from Sioux City, Iowa, received the prison term after a December 7, 2020, guilty plea to illegal possession of a firearm as a felon.  Evidence presented by the United States at the detention, change of plea, and sentencing hearings revealed on September 14, 2019, when officers executed search and arrest warrants for defendant, he was in his basement apartment.  Instead of surrendering, he hid his gun in a ceiling tile in his bedroom, scattered more than 65 grams of pure (actual) methamphetamine throughout his basement apartment, and initially refused to surrender to law enforcement.  Sewalson had previously been convicted of felony theft in 2014 and felony disarming a peace officer in 2017. He was also convicted of possession of a controlled substance 3rd offense in 2018.   

Sentencing was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand.  Sewalson was sentenced to 102 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Sewalson is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

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

The case was investigated by the Sioux City Police Department and the United States Department of Justice — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild. 

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The case file number is 20-4025

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