Convicted felon pleads guilty in Federal Court to gun and drug charges | USAO-NDIA


A man who had previously been convicted of several criminal offenses and who later possessed more than a kilogram of pure methamphetamine and firearms, pleaded guilty on September 7, 2021 in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Matthew Shawn Victor Bridges, 30, of Marshalltown, Iowa, was convicted of conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of pure methamphetamine, one count of possession of three guns on January 3, 2020, after previously being convicted of several misdemeanors, and one count of possession of two other firearms on February 16, 2020.

In a plea deal, Bridges admitted that on January 3, 2020, he was in possession of more than 1,000 grams of pure methamphetamine when Iowa Falls police responded to a suspicious car near a warehouse. Officers found a moving vehicle that contained a large amount of methamphetamine and three guns near the vehicle. On February 16, 2020, Iowa Falls police were investigating a home invasion and assault when Bridges saw the scene go by. When they searched his vehicle, officers found more crystal meth and two other guns.

This case was brought within the framework of the Safe Neighborhoods Project (PSN). The PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses its enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and reintegration programs for sustainable crime reduction.

Sentencing in United States District Court Judge CJ Williams will be determined after a pre-sentence report has been prepared. Bridges remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending conviction. Bridges faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years and a possible maximum life sentence, a fine of $ 10,000,000 and five years of supervised release after any imprisonment.

The case is being continued by Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Reinert and has been investigated by the Iowa Falls Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, County Attorney’s Office de Hardin and the Iowa Anti-Narcotics Division.

Information on the court file at

The file number is 20-CR-00108-CJW.

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