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6 facing drug charges following 2 raids

On Dec. 8, six Iowa residents were taken into custody for possession of various drugs after two raids were conducted. The first drug raid occurred in the 200 block of Fourth Avenue NW in Waukon while the second search warrant was executed at a residence located in the 1600 block of Arrowhead Lane in New Albin.

During the first search, four people were taken into police custody after being accused of drug possession. A 53-year-old man was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was facing additional charges for possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. A 30-year-old man, a 49-year-old man and a 42-year-old man were also facing charges for possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.

Lawsuit from Randy Travis attempts to restrict DUI footage

Randy Travis fans in Iowa may have heard that in 2012, he was taken into custody after a DUI and that he had a stroke in 2013. The 2012 incident involved a video of a naked and ranting Travis. The incident occurred in Texas, and Travis and his family have been fighting to keep the footage from being released.

In September, a lawsuit filed by Travis stated that under health record privacy regulations, the footage should be kept private. However, the judge said there was not a substantial likelihood of success. On Nov. 30, Travis' attorney said he would file a motion to have the order stayed. He also said he would file an appeal with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Iowa is not a marijuana-friendly state

The decriminalization of marijuana is common in many states. Iowa isn't one of those states. Here, the law is still very unfavorable to people who smoke marijuana or use derivatives of cannabis.

In this state, the only people who can legally possess any derivative of marijuana are those who qualify to use cannabidiol under the state's very strict medical marijuana bill.

Iowa man pleads guilty to methamphetamine charges

A 34-year-old Iowa man has pleaded guilty to felony methamphetamine charges, according to authorities. He will be sentenced in Hancock County District Court on Jan. 9.

The defendant, a Britt resident, was taken into custody on March 8 after being pulled over for a traffic violation. According to the arresting deputy, he had drug paraphernalia in his pocket and a police dog indicated that there were drugs in his vehicle. As he was booked into jail, he reportedly told authorities that he was in possession of methamphetamine. A search revealed 13.1 grams of the drug hidden on his body. Court documents reveal that he eventually admitted he was selling meth for profit. Authorities said he was under investigation in 2016 and 2017 for dealing meth and marijuana.

Actress Rose McGowan denies she had cocaine on flight

Fans in Iowa of actress Rose McGowan might agree with her not guilty plea after learning about the mysterious circumstances that led to charges of cocaine possession. An arrest warrant sought by an airport authority emerged after she allegedly left personal belongings on a United Airlines flight that included two baggies with traces of cocaine.

The actress and her attorney have issued a statement claiming that McGowan reported her bag and wallet missing to the airline. She also completed a lost luggage claim. The day after her flight, she said that an unfamiliar Instagram user sent her a message informing her that she had left her wallet and two bags of cocaine on the airplane.

Two people face felony charges following drug investigation

Authorities in Iowa say that six people have been taken into police custody in connection with a drug bust in Newton on Nov. 7. According to news sources, this number includes two alleged heroin dealers, who are now facing possession with the intent to deliver and additional serious charges. The four remaining detainees are facing paraphernalia, possession of drugs or other misdemeanor charges.

The investigation was conducted by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force in response to the large number of heroin overdoses that had occurred in the Newton area during the weeks prior to the bust. In response to this issue, the Iowa EMS Association president noted that the number of opioid overdoses across the country is continuing to increase. The official expressed hope that the joint efforts of first respondents, law enforcement personnel and others will slow the opioid abuse epidemic that appears to be moving across the state from east to west. Sources say that the number of recent overdoses that have occurred locally is not immediately available.

Rap star Fetty Wap charged with drunk driving and street racing

Hip-hop music fans in Iowa and around the country may know Willie Maxwell better by his stage name Fetty Wap. Wap's 'Trap Queen" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2015, but the 26-year-old rapper was making headlines of a different sort on Nov. 3. That was when officers with the New York City Police Department took Wap into custody on drunk driving, street racing and motor vehicle charges following an alleged early morning street race on a Brooklyn highway.

Police say that Wap, who was behind the wheel of his girlfriend's Mercedes sedan, reached speeds of up to 105 mph and was weaving in and out of traffic as he raced a friend on the Gowanus Expressway at approximately 1:20 a.m. Prosecutors say that Wap admitted to consuming two glasses of cognac at a New Jersey nightspot before getting behind the wheel, and reports stated that the hip-hop star handed over a suspended New Jersey driver's license to officers at the scene.

OWI preliminary hearing: What to expect

There could come a point when you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and brought before a judge.

While an OWI/DUI preliminary hearing can be scary in many ways, it's important to realize one thing: you have legal rights and you need to do what you can to protect them.

Police charge 3 with multiple crimes

On Oct. 24, police in North Liberty, Iowa tried to conduct a traffic stop at about 10:30 p.m. on Rustic Ridge Road NE. However, when police tried to make contact with the 23-year-old driver, he took off running. When police searched the vehicle, they found two baggies of cocaine, which was the basis for a search warrant executed at a home on Hodge Street.

When the police arrived at the home on Oct. 25, they found the driver of the vehicle in addition to a 27-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman inside. There was also a variety of drugs including LSD, marijuana and cocaine located in the kitchen and bedroom in addition to drug paraphernalia. There was also a 6-year-old child found in the home who slept on a mattress near where the drugs were kept.

College football players in trouble for marijuana

College football fans in Iowa will not be seeing John Kelly, the leading rusher for the Tennessee Volunteers, for a while. The team suspended the running back along with teammate and linebacker Will Ignont following a traffic stop that resulted in criminal charges for marijuana possession. Police officers stopped Kelly's car because one headlight was not working. Ignont was a passenger.

Officers said that they detected the odor of marijuana and asked to search the vehicle. Kelly reportedly consented to the search that yielded a glass pipe and a small plastic bag that appeared to have some marijuana in it. According to subsequent analysis by law enforcement, the bag contained 4.6 grams of marijuana.

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