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February 28, 2014

Month-long investigation leads to nine arrests for meth

One being held on a nearly quarter-million dollar bond

CENTERVILLE — On Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force concluded a month long investigation which targeted multiple individuals who had conspired with each other to manufacture methamphetamine, according to a press release issued Friday by the Centerville Police Department.

At approximately 4:24 p.m. a traffic stop was conducted in the 700 block of South 17th Street. During the traffic stop officers detected a strong chemical odor emanating from the vehicle. Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle officers located items conducive to the manufacture of methamphetamine. After a search of the vehicle a second search warrant applied for and granted for a residence located at 426 East VanBuren Street. During a search of the residence officers located additional items conducive to the manufacture of methamphetamine.

As a result of the investigation and subsequent search warrants the following individuals, all from Centerville, were arrested and charged:

Jason Allen Hardin, 30, and Jessica Ann Hardin, 26, were each charged with Conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, within one thousand feet of a public park, a class B felony and three counts of Child Endangerment, each count being an aggravated misdemeanor.

Clarence Lynn Butterbaugh, 61; Marvin Lee Clark Jr, 37; Jesse Lee Myers, 31; Shawn Russell Maxson, 30; Jason Ryan Ross Horn, 28; Douglas Eugene Dejong, 25 and Felicia Josett Medina, 23 were all charged with conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of Methamphetamine, a class B felony. Horn also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violation of parole.

All of the individuals arrested and charged as a result of this investigation are currently being held in the Appanoose County Jail with a bond set at $100,000 cash only. Horn was given an additional bond for the outstanding warrant in the amount of $130,000 for a total bond of $230,000.

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