A 46-year-old Muscatine man was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court, Davenport, to 10 years and 10 months in prison on drug and gun offenses.

U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose ordered Robert Leslie Ranck to forfeit all firearms and ammunition involved in the case.

On April 7, 2012, Ranck was stopped by the Burlington, Iowa, police for a traffic violation, and police discovered that Ranck, a convicted felon, possessed a high-capacity, semi-automatic 9-mm pistol, records state.

Ranck had just received the pistol from Justin Adams, 34, of Burlington, who purchased the pistol for Ranck at a Burlington gun shop, records state. Ranck was arrested and later released on bond.

On April 18, 2012, Ranck again was arrested in Scott County while making a delivery of six pounds of marijuana to a police informant, records state. Police searched Ranck’s Muscatine home and found additional marijuana packaged for sale, growing marijuana plants, several firearms and ammunition, records state.

Ranck was indicted in U.S. District Court on charges of possessing firearms and ammunition as a felon and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, and Adams was separately indicted on charges of making false statements in connection with the purchase of a firearm.

Adams also was charged, and both he and Ranck entered guilty pleas. Adams’ sentencing is pending.


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