Mount Hope man charged with drug and gun crimes

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Dustin Caya, 34, Mount Hope, is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of firearms. The indictment alleges that on June 1, he possessed methamphetamine and a loaded .22 caliber rifle. The indictment also alleges that on June 1, he possessed 17 firearms that were loaded, including nine rifles, three shotguns, and five handguns. 

If convicted, Caya faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the methamphetamine charge. The charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime has a mandatory penalty of five years in prison, which would be served consecutive to any term imposed on the methamphetamine charge. The felon in possession charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.

The charges against Caya are the result of an investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force, the Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren Halverson.

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