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Waterloo Gang Affiliate Sentenced for Weapon Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

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.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see /media/1122011/download?inline.

Court file information at

The case file number is 20-CR-2002-CJW.

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Updated July 16, 2020

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