20-Yr-Previous Sergeant Bluff Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Firearms | USAO-NDIA

A Sergeant Bluff man who possessed guns while an illegal user of controlled substances was sentenced to more than 4 years in federal prison on January 13, 2022.

Rafael Wellesley Gomez, 20, also known as “Danger,” of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, received the sentence following a Sept. 23, 2021 guilty plea to a drug user’s possession of firearms.

Evidence in the case showed Gomez illegally owned six guns while being an illegal marijuana user. The guns were found on a search warrant in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, during a homicide investigation. When police entered the apartment, Gomez disobeyed officers’ instructions to raise his hands in the air, and police observed him stuffing his hands into the pockets of his jeans and near the waistband of his pants. Gomez continued to disobey verbal orders from law enforcement, hiding a Walther .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol under the pillow of a nearby couch. Law enforcement later determined that the Walther .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol was loaded with a magazine that held five rounds of ammunition and had been reported stolen in 2020 from the Sioux City, Iowa area. Another of the weapons, a rifle, was used in a 2021 New Year’s Eve murder in Sioux City, Iowa.

This case was raised as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is at the heart of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues 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 re-entry programs to sustainably reduce crime.

Gomez was convicted in Sioux City by Chief Justice of the US District Court Leonard T. Strand. Gomez was sentenced to 57 months in prison. He is also required to serve a two-year supervised prison sentence after the prison sentence. There is no probation in the federal system.

Gomez is being held in the custody of the United States Marshal until he can be transferred to federal prison.

The case was being investigated by the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office, the Sioux City, Iowa Police Department, and the Sergeant Bluff, Iowa Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Forde Fairchild.

Information on court records at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl.

The case reference number is 21-4036.

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