(COUNCIL BLUFFS) A Norfolk, Nebraska man was sentenced for being an illegal user of drugs in possession of a firearm and ammunition following an incident in Council Bluffs in 2010.
Twenty-six year old Eric Steven Blevins was sentenced on October 28th to 15 months imprisonment and was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release. United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner also imposed a $100 assessment for the Crime Victim Fund and ordered the forfeiture of the seized pistol and ammunition. Blevins remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which he will serve his sentence.
On January 26th, 2011, the federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against Blevins, charging him with being an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of a 9mm pistol and ammunition. The charge arose from Council Bluffs police officers on October 3, 2010, finding Blevins and another person at a Council Bluffs motel with marijuana and K2 (synthetic marijuana). Outside the window of the motel room, in which Blevins was staying, officers found an unloaded 9mm pistol and ammunition. Subsequent investigation by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives further linked the firearm and ammunition to Blevins, and demonstrated that Blevins had a lengthy history of use of marijuana, including on or about October 3, 2010. Blevins entered a guilty plea to the charge on June 30, 2011.