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6 Waterloo men, 1 Cedar Falls woman face federal gun charges

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Local and federal officials talk about the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, and the seven charged with federal gun crimes, Wednesday at Waterloo City Hall. (Sean O'Neal, KWWL) Local and federal officials talk about the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, and the seven charged with federal gun crimes, Wednesday at Waterloo City Hall. (Sean O'Neal, KWWL)
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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Six Waterloo men and one Cedar Falls woman were charged in federal court with various gun charges, mostly for not being allowed to possess a firearm, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday morning in Waterloo.

The charges were announced during a joint press conference with local and federal officials Wednesday morning at Waterloo City Hall.

"This focus helps ensure the public's law enforcement resources are put to their best and most efficient use," said U.S. Attorney Kevin Techau. "As we enter the summer months, those thinking of using or possessing a weapon illegally are on notice -- expect to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

The strategy is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is tasked with reducing gun violence in cities across the United States.

"Through a collaborative teamwork approach, we have made a statement to those thinking of committing a crime: If you do, expect to be arrested and prosecuted," said Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson.

Those charged were the following:

Shane Paul Sliekers, 30, of Waterloo, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dameon Harris, 23, of Waterloo, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dreyan Rashad Anderson, 19, of Waterloo, was charged with one count of being an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Tyrone Parrow, 25, of Waterloo, was charged with one count of being a domestic abuser in possession of a firearm.

Christine Tiara Williams, 34, of Cedar Falls, was charged with one count of being an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of a firearm.

Marcus Robert Sykes, 29, of Waterloo, was charged with one count of being an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of a firearm.

Marshondus Trenedale Brown, 23, of Waterloo, was charged with one count of being an unlawful user of marijuana in possession of ammunition.

Sliekers, Parrow and Brown were currently in state custody. Harris and Anderson appeared in federal court Wednesday. Williams appeared in federal court yesterday and was released pending trial. Sykes appeared in federal court yesterday and was detained pending trial.

If convicted, each faces up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

The cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office but were investigated by the Waterloo Police Department, the Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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