Public Safety

Cedar Rapids man convicted of dealing ice meth, gun charge

Faces 10 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man was convicted last week in federal court for distributing ice methamphetamine and illegally having a gun as a felon.

Jerry Dean Love, 39, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 in U.S. District Court to distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon.

A plea agreement shows Love sold an ounce of ice meth at his home Oct. 26, 2016 to an undercover police informant. 

Several months later, Love, who was carrying a .45 caliber pistol on Feb. 6, 2017, drove to Guppy’s on the Go on Edgewood Road NW and got out of his truck and fired the gun into the street. Love is a convicted felon and prohibited from having guns, according to the plea.

About an hour later, he drove to Casey’s General Store on 33rd Avenue SW and police spotted his truck at the store and repeatedly ordered him to get out of the truck, according to court documents. Love stayed in his truck for over 10 minutes. Officers eventually broke Love’s truck windows and sent a dog into the truck to force Love out of the truck.

During the arrest, officers found 19.2 grams of pure meth and $360 in cash on Love. The plea shows Love admitted he intended to distribute part of the meth. Officers also searched Love’s truck and found the .45 caliber pistol, a loaded .45 caliber magazine and 11 additional caliber cartridges and a meth pipe.

Sentencing will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Love will remain in jail pending sentencing.

He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, an $8.2 million fine and at least five years of supervised release following any prison time.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer. 

l Comments: (319) 398-8318; trish.mehaffey@thegazette.com

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