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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man, who as a drug user illegally purchased 31 firearms, at least 24 for other people, was sentenced last week to five years in federal prison.
Chevelle M. Daudinot Jr., 27, was convicted in December of one count of possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance. According to a plea agreement, he purchased 31 handguns between August 2020 and April 2021. Daudinot also falsely stated on paperwork for the gun purchase that he wasn’t an unlawful drug user.
On the paperwork for 24 of the firearms, Daudinot falsely stated the guns were for him when he was actually buying them for other people, according to court documents.
During a search by law enforcement last May, Daudinot had only three of the firearms in his possession, according to the plea agreement. They also found over a thousand rounds of ammunition and 8 grams of marijuana.
Daudinot also consented to a search of his cellphone, which contained text messages regarding his weapons dealing, including messages soliciting and negotiating prices for firearms, along with some setting up meetings to exchange firearms.
Other text messages showed that Daudinot not only used marijuana but also was distributing it, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said four guns that Daudinot purchased were recovered during other criminal investigations. In April 2021, Chicago police recovered one from a car occupied by a felon and a minor. Through ballistics testing, the firearm was linked to a homicide that occurred in Chicago in March 2021 in which a victim died of three gunshot wounds.
Daudinot told investigators he bought the guns for others to make money. He usually charged an additional $200 for each weapon, according to the plea agreement.
U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams sentenced Daudinot to five years in prison. He also was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyndra Lundquist and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Cedar Rapids Police Department and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.
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