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PHOTOS: CF candidate, youth coach arrested in prostitution sting

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - A candidate for Cedar Falls City Council and a Waterloo youth football coach were among 11 people arrested in a prostitution sting in Waterloo on Tuesday, according to the Waterloo Police Department.

Travis Brandon Biggs, 29, of Cedar Falls announced his candidacy for Ward 4 of the Cedar Falls City Council last month. Biggs also owns Biggs Photography, a portrait studio in Cedar Falls.

Biggs told KWWL he would be suspending his campaign as a result of the arrest.

"I have no comment as to the pending case," Biggs wrote in an email to KWWL. "Regardless of the outcome, I will be suspending my campaign to concentrate on my family, effective immediately. Additional information will be provided at a later date."

Sirr Ramon Cortez Gardner, 35, of Waterloo is a youth coach with the Junior Wahawks Football program, according to parents familiar with the program.

The operation was conducted at a local hotel, according to the Waterloo Police arrest log.

Besides Biggs and Gardner, the following people were arrested:

30-year-old Osamah Sadiq Alabbad of Dubuque;
42-year-old Cynthia Ruth Jo Arshad of Waterloo;
23-year-old Anglene Kristina Marie Garrett of Waterloo;
42-year-old Adem Sakanovic of Waterloo;
46-year-old Stephen Preston Thomas of Marion;
27-year-old Lamin Trawally of Des Moines;
23-year-old Sade Deserii Vanarsdale of Waterloo;
28-year-old Tigstu Sebsibe Woldeyohanns of Cedar Falls; and
A 17-year-old juvenile

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted in the investigation.

An investigation into pimping is also being conducted.

Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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