CEDAR RAPIDS – Nineteen Black Hawk County men – mostly from Waterloo – have been charged with federal drug trafficking and firearms offenses.
The charges are contained in five indictments unsealed last week in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.
In one indictment, Naiqondis Maurice Spates, age 32, Devonte Denterrio Jenkins, age 25, and Gary Lind Krueger, age 70, all from Waterloo, Iowa, were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and other drug trafficking offenses.
In a second indictment, Alston Ray Campbell, Jr., age 34, Alston Ray Campbell, Sr., age 63, William Marcellus Campbell, age 42, Willie Junior Carter, age 44, Alexander Martin, age 49, John Dwayne Phillips, 49, and Darius Fontaine Shears, age 30, all from Waterloo, Iowa, were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and other drug trafficking offenses. Shears was also charged with possessing a firearm as a felon.
In a third indictment, Keylynn Landon Goldsmith, age 31, Ronald Corey, age 60, Corey Demarcus Jones, age 36, Michael Earl Snow, age 40, Melvin Maurice Grubbs, age 35, Deon Marcell Goldsmith, age 36, all from Waterloo, Iowa, and Gregory Porter Washington, age 38, from Evansdale, Iowa, were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and other drug trafficking offenses.
In additional indictments, Durius Antwan Davis, age 25, from Waterloo, Iowa, was charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon, and Johnston Phillips, age 64, from Waterloo, Iowa, was charged with possessing a firearm as a felon and distributing cocaine base.
All defendants face a maximum term of imprisonment of at least twenty years. Some face a maximum term of life imprisonment.
Alston Campbell Jr., Alston Campbell Sr., William Campbell, Carter, Corey, Davis, Deon Goldsmith, Grubbs, Jenkins, Jones, Krueger, Martin, Johnston Phillips, Snow, Spates, and Washington appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and were held in custody pending detention hearings on July 24, 2017.
As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ravi T. Narayan and Emily K. Nydle and were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Waterloo Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, the Cedar Falls Police Department, the Cedar Rapids Police Department, the Iowa City Police Department, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.