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Traffic Stop Leads To Search, Drug Arrests

By Staff | Jun 17, 2008

RUTHVEN – A traffic stop early Saturday morning resulted in deployment of the Multi Agency Response Team for a search of a residence in Ruthven. By the time the sun rose on Saturday, three area residents had been arrested and placed in the Palo Alto County Jail on various drug-related charges.
According to Palo Alto County Sheriff Dennis Goeders, Deputy Sheriff Eric Ring executed a routine traffic stop at 1 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in the 3800 block of 360 Street east of Ruthven for a Stop Sign violation that occurred in Ruthven. In the course of the traffic stop, Deputy Ring determined that the driver of the vehicle, 34-year old Jayson Allen Wiley of Emmetsburg, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and was placed under arrest and booked into the Palo Alto County Jail. At the time of his arrest, Wiley was operating a 1995 Saturn owned by Kay Ann Kaiser, 27, of Emmetsburg.
As the investigation continued, a search warrant was obtained for a residence located at 1102 Scott Street in Ruthven. Members of the Multi Agency Response Team (MART) executed the search warrant at 1102 Scott Street at approximately 8:35 a.m. Saturday, June 14, with several items being seized by sheriff’s deputies. In addition, a quantity of suspected controlled substance, believed to be crystal methamphetamine, was also seized by officers during the search.
During the search, two males at the scene were arrested on various drug related charges. 49-year old Roger Alvin Kruse, who lives at 1102 Scott Street in Ruthven, was charged with Second and Subsequent Offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class D Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Also arrested was 23-year old Jonathan David Sutherland of Ruthven, who was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
A third person at the location during the search is expected to be charged in connection with the case.
The search was part of an ongoing investigation into illegal drug activity being conducted by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Emmetsburg Police Department and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit. Agencies assisting at the scene in Ruthven included the, Emmetsburg Police Reserves, Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Reserves, Iowa State Patrol, Ruthven Ambulance Service, Ruthven Fire Department and Paramedics from the Palo Alto County Hospital.
Members of the MART team include officers from the Emmetsburg Police Department, Okoboji Police Department, Emmet County Conservation Board, Palo Alto County Conservation board and deputies from the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office.
“I applaud the cooperative efforts of all agencies involved in this investigation and the assistance given to our office,” noted Sheriff Dennis Goeders. “The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.”