Two locals charged in federal gun, drug probe

CLINTON — Two arrests by the Clinton Police Department in recent months were announced Tuesday as part of a U.S. Department of Justice federal drug and guns investigation.

The arrests of Robert L. Poore, 42, of Fulton, Illinois, and Adam S. White, 25, of Clinton, were included in a report regarding the federal crackdown on gun and drug crimes as part of Project Safe Neighborhood, a program "bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone," a press release states.

Poore was arrested at 10:40 p.m. April 9 in the parking lot of Subway at 807 N. Second St., Clinton, after he was found to be in the possession of seven loaded handguns, seven rifles, 25 loaded magazines, six speed loaders, two suppressors, four knives, and methamphetamine paraphernalia, police said. Poore is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm (with a maximum 10-year sentence) and receiving and possessing machine guns with suppressors (another maximum 10-year sentence).

White was arrested Aug. 8 at Eighth Avenue North and Pershing Boulevard on an out-of-county warrant, Clinton police records indicate. The DOJ release states that White is charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance (with a maximum sentence of 40 years in custody and a minimum sentence of five years in custody), unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm (carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years), and possession of a controlled substance (carrying a maximum sentence of one year).

According to the DOJ, 17 defendants have been arrested as part of the crackdown to date. Aside from Poore and White, the remaining 15 were arrested in Johnson and Scott counties.

The release states that relevant investigations occurred in several Iowa counties, including Clinton, Des Moines, Johnson, Scott and Washington, and involved the seizure of 78 firearms, including two sawed-off shotguns.

Several of the defendants involved have been previously charged and are known by law enforcement officials, according to federal officials. U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum, who announced the recent results of the crackdown, said the initiative is aimed at keeping neighborhoods safe.

"Our message is simple," Krickbaum said. "If you commit a gun crime, we will do our best to prosecute you in federal court. Federal law has a long reach. If you have a gun and you are a drug user, a felon, are near a school, have a conviction for misdemeanor domestic violence, or you know the gun is stolen, you can go to federal prison."