CHRIS BAGLEY

Cedar Rapids man connected to Chris Bagley pleads guilty to drug conspiracy charge

CEDAR RAPIDS — A man authorities believe supplied marijuana to Chris Bagley, who was found killed, pleaded guilty Monday to federal drug trafficking charges.

Charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, Andrew Shaw, 31, of Cedar Rapids admitted he conspired to distribute at least 100 kilograms of marijuana between 2010 and March.

He pleaded guilty to the charge in U.S. District Court. During the plea hearing, Shaw spoke only when answering questions from the judge.

Several of Bagley’s family members and friends — many who wore “Justice for Chris Bagley” T-shirts — sat quietly in the gallery as Shaw entered his plea.

Shaw faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, and could face a maximum of 40 years. A sentencing date was not set during Monday’s proceeding.

Shaw already was in custody pending sentencing for a conviction of possession of a firearm by a drug user.

At an April hearing on the firearms charge, an officer with the Marion police and the Drug Enforcement Administration task force testified Shaw had been under investigation for drug trafficking for two years.

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Officer Adam Cirkl said investigators tracked large packages of marijuana sent from California to Shaw. The packages were sent in January and February to various addresses and were picked up by another man, who wasn’t charged, and delivered to Shaw’s business.

After a police informer bought 3 pounds of marijuana from Shaw at his business, A. Shaw Investments, 1190 Capital Drive SW in Cedar Rapids, authorities conducted a search in March, during which they said they found numerous molds to make THC “gummies,” gelatin, empty cartridges, drying racks for the molds and packaging, Cirkl said.

Investigators also searched Shaw’s home at 1419 Grizzly Drive NW. and found weapons, THC cartridges, which contained THC oil for vaping, and $35,000 in cash, Cirkl said.

Also during that hearing in April, a federal agent revealed details about Shaw’s connection to Bagley and the possible reason that Bagley, 31, of Walker, was found buried March 1 after he disappeared in December.

FBI Special Agent Michael Kitsmiller — who is now the Marion police chief — said Bagley was stabbed to death Dec. 14 during a fight over robberies he committed against Shaw.

During interviews, Shaw denied putting out a “hit” on Bagley, but admitted to telling others he wanted Bagley assaulted for robbing his business last October and other drug robberies, Kitsmiller said.

On Oct. 27, Bagley and Paul Hoff, 40, of Cedar Rapids — also convicted of firearms and drug charges — broke into Shaw’s business and stole an assault rifle and THC cartridges, and then beat up Shaw.

Kitsmiller testified that Drew Blahnik and Drew Wagner, who sold drugs for Shaw, confronted Bagley on Dec. 14 at Hoff’s trailer in Cedar Rapids about the robberies, and, as Wagner and Bagley fought, Wagner pinned Bagley against the wall and Blahnik stabbed him.

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Wagner and Blahnik then buried Bagley in the yard at Wagner’s home, 4069 Soutter Ave. SE, Kitsmiller testified.

Blahnik faces firearm and drug charges, and Wagner faces drug charges.

No one has been charged in Bagley’s death.

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