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Search Warrant Results In Drug-Related Arrests

By Staff | Jan 12, 2010

The execution of a search warrant by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s office in Graettinger on Wednesday resulted in the arrest of three individuals on drug-related charges.

According to Palo Alto County Sheriff Dennis Goeders, a search warrant was executed Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 6, at the residence of Gary Dean Smith, located at 307 North Cedar in Graettinger. Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Ring, along with Sheriff’s Lieutenant Lynn Schultes, Deputy John King and Reserve Deputy Dennis Paulson executed the warrant at 1:56 p.m. and in the course of the search of the residence and persons in the residence at that time, officers discovered and seized drug paraphernalia, along with a small amount of Marijuana and approximately $1,400 worth of Methamphetamine. Additionally, nearly $10,000 in cash was also seized during the search.

As a result of the search, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested 67-year old Gary Dean Smith and charged him with Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver, a Class B Felony; Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used, a Class D Felony; Violation of Drug Tax Stamp law, a Cass D Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Also arrested was 53-year old Kelly Ray Haar, who was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D felony; Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used, a Class D Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

Deputies also arrested 44-year old Norman John Thomas and charged him with Possession of Marijuana, a Serious Misdemeanor; Gathering Where Controlled Substances are Unlawfully Used, a Class D Felony and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Simple Misdemeanor.

All three individuals were transported to the Palo Alto County Jail where they were booked into the facility where they were being held pending an initial court appearance on the charges against them.

Trooper Doug Drost of the Iowa State Patrol assisted the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office. An investigation is continuing.