Waterloo: Jordan Charles Sentenced to Possess Firearms

Waterloo Drug Dealer, Jordan Charles Johnson Who Possessed Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime Sentenced to Federal Prison

(STL.News) A Waterloo man who possessed firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime was sentenced January 26, 2022, to five years in federal prison.

Jordan Charles Johnson, age 28, from Waterloo, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 13, 2021, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

In a plea agreement, Johnson admitted that, on October 18, 2019, law enforcement recovered over 900 grams of marijuana in vacuumed sealed bags, over $3,000 in United States currency, a Ruger SR22 .22 LR caliber pistol, a Mossberg 715P .22 LR caliber pistol, and a short-barreled Remington 514 .22 LR caliber weapon made from a rifle with no serial number from his bedroom.

Johnson also admitted that he intended to distribute some or all of the marijuana to another person and that the Ruger SR22 pistol and the Mossberg 715P pistol were available for the protection of himself, his drug proceeds, and the marijuana.

Johnson was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. Johnson was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment.  He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Johnson is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to federal prison.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders works together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dillan Edwards and investigated by the Waterloo Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.