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Waterloo Gang Member Sentenced to Over One Year for Illegally Possessing Ammunition

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

A man who illegally possessed ammunition was sentenced today to more than one year in federal prison.

Daejon Putman, age 22, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an October 23, 2018, guilty plea to being a drug user in possession of ammunition.

Evidence during the case showed police executed a search warrant at Putman’s residence and located a single round of .40 caliber ammunition in his bedroom.  Putman was also involved in distributing marijuana and Xanax and was a member of the Del Mob street gang in Waterloo. 

Putman was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Putman was sentenced to 12 months’ and one day imprisonment.  He must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

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.

Putman is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and investigated by a Federal Task Force composed of the Waterloo Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and Cedar Falls Police Department. 

Court file information at

The case file number is 18-cr-2048.

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Updated March 6, 2019

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