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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Three Waterloo Men Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine

Each Has a Previous Conviction for Drug Trafficking

Naiqondis Maurice Spates, age 33, Devonte Denterrio Jenkins, age 26, and Gary Lind Krueger, age 71, all from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison terms on May 22, 2018, after each pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.  Spates also pled guilty to distribution of crack cocaine within a 1,000 feet of a protected location.  Jenkins and Krueger each also pled guilty to a count of distribution of crack cocaine.  Evidence at previous hearings showed that the investigation by law enforcement included a wiretap that recorded numerous telephone calls related to the buying and selling of crack cocaine.  Evidence also showed that law enforcement made multiple controlled buys of crack cocaine from all three men.

Spates was sentenced to 91 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  Spates’ has previously been convicted of delivery of a controlled substance and also has two prior domestic assault convictions.  Spates was also found to be an organizer or leader of the conspiracy and to have possessed a dangerous weapon.

Jenkins was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  Jenkins’ criminal history included a deferred judgement for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to deliver in 2014.

Krueger was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment and fined $12,000.   He must also serve an 8-year term of supervised release after the prison term. Krueger’s criminal history included convictions for delivery of cocaine base in 2003 and a conviction for pimping in 2000.

All three men were sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge Linda R. Reade.  There is no parole in the federal system.  All three are being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until they can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily K. Nydle and was investigated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program of the United States Department of Justice through a cooperative effort of 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. 

Court file information at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl

The case file number is 17-cr-2043. 

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Updated May 23, 2018