Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

February 28, 2014

Month-long investigation leads to nine arrests for meth

One being held on a nearly quarter-million dollar bond

The Daily Iowegian

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.

Agencies assisting the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force with this investigation included the Centerville Police Department, Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Human Services.

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

This project was supported by Grant Number 09JAG/ARRA-4193B, awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice.