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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man who was found with counterfeit bills, 28 individual plastic bags of methamphetamine, and other bags containing cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl concealed in his crotch area during a traffic stop was sentenced this week to three years in prison.
A jury convicted Troy Allen Walton, 45, in February of seven counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Evidence at trial showed that law enforcement recovered the drugs in a Crown Royal whisky bag hidden in his crotch area during a traffic stop Dec. 6, 2019.
Cedar Rapids police officers also conducted traffic stop on Walton’s vehicle March 9 of last year. He was initially stopped for being a barred driver, according to court documents. During the search, they found a realistic-looking BB gun in his waistband and another whisky bag in his crotch area containing $100 counterfeit bills and multiple plastic bags of meth, cocaine, and a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.
Walton testified at trial that all the drugs were for his personal use — a month’s supply. He said he was a “7 grams-a-day user of meth” and also took other controlled substances. He denied selling the drugs.
Special Agent Gregg Fox of the Iowa Drug Enforcement Administration testified that 1 gram of meth per day is considered heavy use, and an individual could keep that up for about 10 days before the body crashes, according to court documents.
Fox also testified an ounce of meth costs about $700 to $800; a gram of cocaine and cocaine base is about $100, and a “pea-size” quantity is usually $40; and a gram of heroin or fentanyl is about $160. An individual in possession of several bags of personal-use quantities of drugs is consistent with drug distribution, he said.
According to Social Security Administration records, Walton’s earnings for the past 10 years amounted to $1,679 in 2016.
Court documents stated Walton has an “extensive and violent criminal history.” He has about 44 adult convictions, including numerous thefts, multiple assault-related and burglary-related offenses, and multiple drug possession offenses.
U.S. District Judge C.J Williams didn’t increase Walton’s prison term from the sentencing guideline range, as prosecutors requested. They argued he committed perjury during his testimony and his criminal history was underrepresented in the advisory guidelines. In addition to the three-year sentence, Williams ordered Walton to serve one year of supervised release following his prison term.
Walton remains in jail pending being taken to a designated federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
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