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Waterloo Man Charged With Possessing a Firearm

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

Armando Adame, age 21, from Waterloo, Iowa, has been charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.­  The charge is contained in a complaint unsealed today in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids. 


The complaint alleges that on November 17, 2017, Adame possessed a firearm, specifically a sawed-off Iver Johnson Arms & Cycle Works 12 gauge shotgun.  Investigators located the firearm after searching a residence in Waterloo where they found Adame sleeping.  Investigators seized the firearm from a backpack containing other items belonging to Adame.  During an examination of the firearm, investigators located a latent print consistent with Adame’s palm print on it.  The complaint further alleges that Adame is prohibited from possessing firearms because of two prior felony convictions, namely conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and felon in possession of a firearm. 


If convicted, Adame faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.­


Adame appeared today in federal court in Cedar Rapids and was held without bond.  Adame’s next appearance for an arraignment will be set for a future date.


As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa C. Williams and was investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Grundy County Sherriff’s Office, and the Waterloo Police Department.


Court file information at

The case file number is 17-mj-396.


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Updated December 11, 2017

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