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November 17, 2011

Two rural Promise City residents arrested for manufacturing meth, growing marijuana

PROMISE CITY — On Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jason Richard Ellsworth, 33, and Julie Ann Ellsworth, 34, during the execution of a search warrant for manufacturing methamphetamine at their residence located at 3201 Newton Road in rural Promise City, Iowa, according to a press release issued by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon. Also present at the residence were two minor children of the couple.

Located during the search warrant were chemicals and other items used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine, an indoor marijuana growing operation, methamphetamine, various items of drug paraphernalia and multiple firearms.

Both individuals were charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture more than five grams of Methamphetamine while in the immediate possession or control of a firearm, Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia as a Precursor to Manufacture Methamphetamine, two counts of Child Endangerment, Manufacturing Marijuana, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp, along with other narcotics related offenses. Jason Ellsworth was additionally charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

Jason and Julie Ellsworth are currently being held in the Wayne County Jail, each having a bond set at $100,000 cash.

Assisting the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in this investigation were the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force, the Corydon Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, the Wayne County Attorney’s Office and the Department of Human Services.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant’s are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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