Iowa Man Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking, Firearm Charges
ROCKFORD, Ill. — Robert J. Bell, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration-Chicago Division, and U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr., of the Northern District of Illinois announced the indictment of an Iowa man by a federal grand jury in Rockford on federal drug and firearm charges.
Bradley S. Goddard, 33, of Clinton, Iowa, is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, according to an indictment returned Jan. 25, 2022, in U.S. District Court in Rockford. The drug charge involves 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, the indictment states. The charges allege that Goddard possessed the drugs and firearm on Sept. 8, 2021, in Fulton, Ill.
Goddard pleaded not guilty Wednesday during arraignment in federal court.
The indictment was also announced Nicholas Neblung, Chief of Police of the Fulton, Ill., Police Department. The Whiteside County, Ill., Sheriff’s Office and the Morrison, Ill., Police Department assisted in the investigation. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vincenza L. Tomlinson.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.