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Waterloo Man Sentenced for Possessing Marijuana He Intended to Distribute

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

A man who possessed marijuana he planned to distribute and possessed multiple firearms was sentenced today in federal court.

Jeremy Jay Smith, age 33, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the sentence after a March 15, 2022, jury verdict finding him guilty of one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Evidence at trial showed that law enforcement officers searched Smith’s home on September 12, 2020, after Smith had posted videos of himself with marijuana and guns on social media.  During the search, officers found over 600 grams of marijuana that Smith planned to distribute to others.  In close proximity to the marijuana, officers also found two handguns, as well as numerous other long guns that were also in the same room as the marijuana.

Smith was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams.  Smith was sentenced to serve a 5 year term of probation and fined $1000. 

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

Court file information at

The case file number is 21-CR-2041.

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Updated July 27, 2022

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