Twenty-five defendants charged in joint federal and state investigation of drug and firearms trafficking organization


Date: November 19, 2020


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Twenty-five defendants are facing federal criminal charges as part of a joint federal and state investigation of a methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana drug trafficking organization. Most of these defendants were arrested on November 18, 2020, during the execution of 45 federal search warrants in and around Des Moines. Those warrants resulted in the seizure of 37 firearms, three pounds of cocaine, one ounce of methamphetamine, 18 pounds of marijuana, 1.5 ounces of heroin and approximately $50,000 in cash.

The defendants are charged across three criminal indictments and eight criminal complaints with federal drug or firearms offenses:

  • Jerome Valentino Wilson, of Des Moines
  • Derek Shantell Thompson, of Des Moines
  • Kenee L. Triplett, of Des Moines
  • Cory Andrew Turner, of Des Moines
  • Coty Arnez Turner, of Des Moines
  • Daryl Stephen Jones, Jr., of Des Moines
  • Jerome Jamar Hall, of Des Moines
  • Ornandes Raeshon Bennett, of Des Moines
  • Antoine Moishawn Williams, of Des Moines
  • Dewayne Allen Haynes, of Des Moines
  • Marcus Antonio-Shay Hall, of Des Moines
  • Kenny Eugene Smart, Jr., of Des Moines
  • Michael Lindell Teasley, of Des Moines
  • Jerron Tandre Johnson, of Des Moines
  • Nolan Hamilton-Allen, of Des Moines
  • Richard Lee David Brown, of Des Moines
  • Anthony Levon Robinson, Jr., of Des Moines
  • Leon Dale Edwards, of Des Moines,
  • Leroy Williams II, of Des Moines
  • Terry Eugene Hambrick, of Des Moines
  • Damir Halkic, of Urbandale
  • Keiffer Michael Simmons, of Des Moines
  • William Lloydellton Speed, Jr., of Des Moines
  • Amanda Raye Reed, of Des Moines
  • Tyler James Althaus, of Des Moines

Many of the charged defendants, including Jerome Valentino Wilson, Derek Shantell Thompson, Cory Andrew Turner, Coty Arnez Turner, Daryl Stephen Jones, Jr., Jerome Jamar Hall, Ornandes Raeshon Bennett, Michael Lindell Teasley, Kenny Smart, Jr., among others, have prior felony drug convictions. Kenny Smart, Jr., Michael Lindell Teasley, and Jerron Tandre Johnson, each presently charged with possessing a firearm as a felon, have prior convictions for possessing a firearm as a felon. On November 18, 2020, Jerron Tandre Johnson was arrested on charges of attempted murder, filed in the Iowa District Court for Polk County.

All defendants arrested on November 18 have or will soon appear in federal or state court on the charges. The charges carry maximum penalties of five years to life imprisonment. If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

Assistant United States Attorneys Mikaela Shotwell and MacKenzie Benson Tubbs represent the government.

The public is reminded that charges contain only accusations and are not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Investigating and assisting agencies include: Internal  Revenue  Service  –  Criminal  Investigation (IRS-CI); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Des Moines Police Department (DMPD); Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement (DNE); Iowa State Patrol (ISP); Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (MINE); Tri-County Task Force; Central Iowa Drug Task Force (CIDTF); Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force (MIDTF); Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Homeland  Security Investigations (HSI); Altoona Police Department; West Des Moines Police Department; Urbandale Police Department; Marshalltown Police Department; Polk County Sheriff's Office; Dallas County Sheriff's Office; and Iowa State Fire Marshal. This is an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation.