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Iowa woman faces drug charge

A 56-year-old woman has found herself in legal trouble after she allegedly brought drugs into a jail where she was turning herself in, according to local sources in Polk County. Iowa authorities reported that a warrant had been issued for her arrest late in March, and she was attempting to turn herself in when the incident took place. She now faces a drug charge in addition to the existing charges for which the warrant was issued. 

According to the report of this unusual case, on March 27, a warrant was issued for the arrest of the 56-year-old Des Moines resident, alleging her failure to appear for a deposition bond hearing. She reportedly violated a no-contact order. The woman appeared the week of April 8 at Polk County Jail to turn herself in. However, when she entered the jail proper, a baggie apparently fell out of her pants. 

Drug charge filed against 3 in Iowa

Three people are facing felony charges after the Lee County Narcotics Task Force conducted an investigation into their alleged activities, according to local sources. The three people, all Iowa residents, were all arrested between March 27 and 28 by members of the task force, in association with a number of other local law enforcement agencies. They each face more than one drug charge, which they will face in criminal court with the assistance of their respective attorneys. 

According to the report filed in Lee County, the task force had been looking into the activities of the three individuals, a 39-year-old woman and two men aged 40 and 37. The 40-year-old man was arrested on March 27 and charged with two counts of delivery of less than 5 grams of meth within 1000 feet of a public park. Both of these charges are considered class C felonies with enhancements. The other man was arrested on March 28 two outstanding warrants for felony drug charges, and faces the same charges as the older man. 

2 charged with drug trafficking in Iowa

Two people are in police custody following a traffic stop back in January, according to local sources. Iowa police in Scott County have confirmed that drug trafficking charges are being filed against two residents, a 28-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman. If they are found guilty, the felony charges against them could land them in prison for the next 25 years. 

According to the affidavit provided by deputies, on Jan. 18 officers pulled over a car believed to be suspicious. The two suspected individuals were found inside, with the man having an outstanding warrant against him. Police say that both a handgun and what is believed to be marijuana were both visible in the car, so officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. 

Misdemeanor possession charges filed against Iowa residents

Police say they found a veritable cornucopia of drugs in a Hancock County home following a search conducted by several law enforcement agencies. Iowa police worked in conjunction with the local sheriff's office as well as the Garner Police Department in conducting the search. Both individuals are faced with multiple misdemeanor possession charges as well as drug tax stamp violations and at least one felony. 

According to the limited information provided by the report, police pulled the couple over in Forest City for reasons that were not provided. A search of the car allegedly revealed the couple to be in possession of 15 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamine. This led to a secondary search of the couple's home. 

Iowa man faces drug charge in overdose death

A man could be facing years in prison after another man allegedly overdosed in his apartment. The 38-year-old Scott County man was scheduled for arraignment on March 7 on the drug charge of distribution of heroin, as well as a secondary charge. The man remained in an Iowa jail as of this report, pending bail of $10,000. 

Details of what led up to the tragic death are still being investigated by police, but it appears that on April 7 of last year, the man prepared two syringes of what is believed to be heroin for use by a 23-year-old man in the older man's Bettendorf home. The younger man allegedly paid him for the drugs. The older man is then suspected of personally injecting the contents of one of the two syringes into the other man's hand. 

Man faces multiple drug charge counts in Iowa

A Marshall County man is facing drug-related charges following his arrest by police, according to local sources. The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force arrested the 23-year-old recently, and he was expected to appear in court on Feb. 8 for a preliminary hearing. Represented by a criminal defense attorney, the man will have the opportunity to contest the multiple drug charge counts filed against him. 

According the report, officers in Marshall County obtained a warrant for the man's arrest, following charges filed back in Nov. 2018. This reportedly allowed them to search a backpack found at a residence for which the warrant was filed. Inside, they say they found items bearing the suspected man's name as well as several doses of acetaminophen and codeine, Schedule III and V controlled substances, respectively. 

Iowa mayor faces drug manufacturing charges

The mayor of Jamaica and her husband are facing serious charges after a police search revealed what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation in their home, sources say. Iowa authorities arrested the mayor and her husband on Jan. 16, and the couple now stands accused of drug manufacturing, among several other offenses. Iowa law requires that city officials who have been convicted of felonies be removed from office, in addition to facing fines and jail time, which means the stakes of this case are very high for the couple. 

According to the report, police were on the hunt for a suspected murderer, who they had heard may have been hiding at the home of the 50-year-old mayor and her 58-year-old husband. Officers came to their home around 4:20 p.m. where they encountered an overwhelming smell of what they believed to be marijuana. As a result, they called in for a warrant to enter the home. While they waited, law enforcement encircled the house. 

Iowa woman faces drug charges

Local authorities have reportedly arrested a Fort Madison woman for suspected drug activity, according to reports. The arrest was initiated by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force, who took a 32-year-old Iowa woman into custody. The woman faces multiple drug charges including felonies and could face up to 25 years in prison if she is found guilty.

Only limited information has been provided by the task force pertaining to this case, but it has been confirmed the woman was arrested Jan. 2. The investigation into her alleged activities has apparently been ongoing for some time, after police became aware of the woman and it was insinuated she may have been involved in drug distribution throughout Lee County. The details of these alleged activities were not included in the report.

Multiple drug charges filed against 2 Iowa men

Two men, reportedly with felony criminal records, are back behind bars following a traffic stop in Des Moines. Iowa police have filed multiple drug charges against both men, aged 44 and 41 respectively, and are awaiting a trial date. Convictions could send the men back to prison for a period of years, which is why their criminal defense representation is so important to the legal process. 

According to police, around 2:40 a.m. the morning of Dec. 18, officers in Des Moines pulled over a vehicle after noticing expired registration tags. The vehicle was being driven by the 44-year-old man, with the 41-year-old in the passenger seat. A subsequent search of their vehicle reportedly turned up a bag containing 11 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamine. Police say this amount is consistent with trafficking as opposed to personal use. 

Drug charge filed against Iowa couple

A man and woman in Des Moines have been charged with serious drug offenses following a search of their residence, according to local police. Iowa law enforcement executed a search warrant on the couple's home on Nov. 26, and have filed more than one drug charge against both people. The man has retained criminal defense counsel, but court records do not list an attorney for the woman. They were both set to appear in court on Dec. 7. 

According to the report filed by Iowa police, they executed a search warrant at the couple's home as well as the man's car. The cause for this warrant was not mentioned in the report, but presumably there was a preceding investigation that gave officers cause to believe the home was being used to store and possibly traffic drugs. It appears the 40-year-old man and the 36-year-old woman were both home at the time of the raid. 

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