Area Police Busy with Drug Searches and Arrests

The last few days have been very busy for area police departments. It all began on January 29th when Forest City Police and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at an apartment of Junious Prowell. There, police recovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and the suspect who tried to conceal the crime. Police allege that Prowell tried to flush to drugs down the toilet prior to police entering the apartment.

As a result, Prowell was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, one count of a Drug Tax Stamp violation which is a Class D Felony, and a Class B Felony of Attempting to Conceal a Crime. Prowell was taken to the Winnebago County Jail and is being held on $20,000 bond.

Then, on January 31st, twelve departments consisting of police, fire, and ambulance services participated in two search warrants being served in Woden. According to officials, the search warrants were results of ongoing investigations. Police and Sheriff’s deputies recovered a number of items connected to the warrants. Officials stress that no arrests were made in the case. It was not clear if the Prowell arrest had any connection to the searches executed in Woden.

The searches in Woden involved a number of departments which included the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics, the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force Special Operations Group, the Iowa State Patrol Tactical Unit, and the Kossuth County Emergency Management Office. Ambulance and fire departments involved were the Woden Fire Department and the West Hancock Ambulance Service.

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