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19 arrested on drug and gun charges in federal Waterloo sweep

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The U.S. Attorney's Office says several people have been taken into custody after a federal drug and gun sweep in Waterloo.

U.S. Attorney's Office Public Information Officer Tony Morfitt says 19 people are set to make initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids this afternoon. Those appearances will begin at 3 p.m.

A grand jury indictment unsealed today shows the sweep is connected to an alleged cocaine distribution operation between October 2015 and March 2017. Seven people are facing federal drug charges in connection to that particular indictment, including Keylynn Goldsmith, Ronald Corey, Corey Jones, Michael Snow, Melvin Grubbs, Deon Goldsmith and Gregory Washington. The indictment says the group conspired to distribute at least 280 grams of drugs containing cocaine. The indictment states four of the suspects -- including Snow, Jones, Washington and Grubbs -- were previously convicted on felony drug charges.

Another indictment over the same time frame accuses three more of a cocaine operation. Naiqondis Spates, 32, Devonte Jenkins, 25, and Gary Krueger, 70, are accused of conspiring to distribute at least 28 grams of drugs containing cocaine. All three were previously convicted of felony drug charges, according to the indictment.

Yet another indictment lists seven suspects who are accused of a drug ring between April 2015 and March 2017. Those suspects include Alston Campbell, Jr., 34,  Alston Campbell, Sr., 63, William Campbell, 42, Alexander Martin, 49, John Phillips, 49, Willie Carter, 44, and Darius Shears, 30. The indictments states this group also conspired to distribute drugs containing cocaine, and all six except Alston Campbell, Jr. have been convicted on felony drug charges in the past. Shears has been ordered to forfeit firearms as part of the charges.

A fourth indictment calls for Johnston Phillips to forfeit a 12-gauge shotgun and is also accused of having a drug containing cocaine. The indictment also says Phillips was convicted on drug and forgery charges in 2012 and 1995, respectively. 

Another indictment says Durius Davis has also been ordered to forfeit a gun due to being a felon. Davis was convicted of Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury in 2010, and of Robbery in 2011.

Morfitt says local law enforcement agencies worked alongside federal authorities during the sweep for the suspects.

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