According to a press release issued Saturday, Sept. 1 by the Centerville Police Department, on Friday, Aug. 31 the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force concluded a month long investigation and executed a search warrant at 17409 Highway J29 in Appanoose County. During the search of the residence officers located marijuana, drug paraphernalia, scales, United States currency and other evidence of the illegal distribution, manufacture and usage of controlled substances. Officers also located a homemade explosive device in the residence. The Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and an agent was sent to the scene to dispose of the device.
Richard Corben Hayes, 23, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana a class C felony; possession of marijuana second or subsequent offence a class D felony and three counts of delivery of a schedule I controlled substance, marijuana, each being a class D felony.
Hayes is currently being held in the Appanoose County Jail with a bond set at $70,000.
Assisting the task force with the investigation and execution of the search warrant was the Centerville Police Department, Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office, Centerville Fire Department and the Iowa Fire Marshal’s Office.
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