WATERLOO — A Waterloo man whose apartment was raided by FBI agents earlier this month has been brought up on federal weapons charges.
On Friday, an FBI agent filed a criminal complaint seeking to charge Wayne Johnathon Jones II, 36, also known as Wayne Jones Jr., with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
Court records allege Jones is a marijuana user and has a prior felony drug conviction, and agents found a handgun in his Western Avenue apartment during an early morning search April 12.
The search came as FBI agents in Illinois were detaining his brother, Joseph D. “Yusuf Abdulahad” Jones, and his brother’s friend, Edward “Abdul Wali” Schimenti, both 35 and both of Zion, Ill. Joseph Jones and Schimenti are charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization.
Court records allege the Illinois men developed a friendship with a person they thought was planning to travel to Syria to fight with Islamic State, also known as ISIS. They provided the man with numerous cell phones they believed were to be used as detonators for improvised explosive devices. The alleged ISIS follower turned out to be an undercover operative working for the FBI.
Wayne Jones isn’t charged in connection with the Illinois allegations, and his name doesn’t appear in court records that charge his brother and Schimenti.
According to court records, agents found a 9 mm Kel-Tec P-11 pistol in an unlocked case on the table next to Wayne Jones’s bed during the April 12 search in Waterloo. The weapon had a round in the chamber and nine rounds in the magazine. A second magazine was found elsewhere in the apartment.
During the investigation, Wayne Jones denied the handgun was his but said he had gone target shooting as recently as the prior Saturday, court records state. He also admitted to using marijuana on a daily basis and said he had been smoking it for about 20 years, records state. He told officers he had smoked the night before and said he had “smoked all the marijuana in his possession at that time,” records state.
Investigators did find what appeared to be the remains of smoked marijuana cigarette, and a urine test came back positive for marijuana, according to court records. His prior drug conviction was for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in 2000 in Lake County, Ill., records state.
Following the April 12 raids, Wayne Jones was held at the Black Hawk County Jail on a probation violation out of Wisconsin stemming from a 2001 misdemeanor battery conviction.
Court records show Wayne Jones had a prior run-in with Waterloo police in September 2015. Officers were called to the Western Avenue apartment building at 3:10 a.m. for a disturbance, and he allegedly refused to tell police his name and attempted to walk into his apartment. Police detained him after they drew a Taser, and he was arrested for misdemeanor interference. He was convicted following an August 2016 bench trial and ordered to pay a fine and court costs.