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Waterloo gangster sampling illegal drugs sent to prison for weapon offense

This news story was published on July 17, 2020.
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Federal courthouse, Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who hid a loaded firearm in the HVAC ductwork of a relative’s home in Waterloo, Iowa, was sentenced today to federal prison.

Keyion Smith-Allen, age 20, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the prison term after a February 21, 2020 guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a drug user.

In a plea agreement, Smith-Allen admitted he was in possession of a semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun which was found in the basement of a relative’s residence in Waterloo. He further admitted he had purchased the handgun in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and transported it to Waterloo. He admitted to using both ecstasy and marijuana at the time he possessed the handgun. Testimony at sentencing showed that Smith-Allen is an associate of multiple hybrid Waterloo gangs falling under a larger group referred to as “400.”

Smith-Allen was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Smith-Allen was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment. He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Smith-Allen was released on the bond previously set and was immediately remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals following the sentencing hearing.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Liz Dupuich and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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