Man arrested in weapons investigation

Police also arrest woman on outstanding warrant

Jacquez Canavan

An ongoing weapons investigation has led to the arrest of a Fort Dodge man on charges of possessing illegal guns.

Jacquez Canavan, 18, was arrested following a search warrant execution Friday morning, according to the Fort Dodge Police Department.

He is charged with one count of possession of a short-barreled shotgun, a Class D felony, and two counts of possession of a firearm as a felon or someone adjudicated delinquent, also a Class D felony.

Fort Dodge police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said officers with the Fort Dodge/Webster County Special Emergency Response Team, along with the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, conducted the search at 1419 Seventh Ave. S. during “the morning hours” Friday.

Canavan was arrested during the search.

Markasia McCuddin

Gruenberg said the Iowa Code defines a short-barreled shotgun as “a shotgun having one or more barrels less than 18 inches in length and any weapon made from a shotgun (whether by alteration, modification or otherwise) if such a weapon as modified has an overall length of less than 26 inches.”

Canavan made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning.

Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered him held on $5,000 cash bond on each of his charges, for a total bond of $15,000.

His preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 14.

During the search, investigators also arrested Markasia McCuddin, 18, of Fort Dodge, on an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

McCuddin pleaded not guilty to the charge and had her trial scheduled for Oct. 12.

She was released from jail on her own recognizance.

Gruenberg said the investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Webster County Crime Stoppers at 573-1444. Tips can also be sent online at or by texting “LEC” and the tip to 274637.

The Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Department and Fort Dodge Fire Department were on scene.