Man faces meth drug charges



MELBOURNE — A Marshall County man is behind bars after authorities discovered methamphetamine inside his residence.

According to Det./Sgt. Jim Gibson with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force (MIDTF), a warrant was executed Wednesday at 2929 Lafayette in VanCleave (rural Melbourne) — the home of Martin Leon-Morales, 36.

Authorities with the Central Iowa Drug Task Force, along with the MIDTF, discovered meth inside the residence and charged Leon-Morales with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to deliver (Class B felony), as well as failure to affix a drug tax stamp (Class D felony).

Gibson said this appears to be an isolated drug case and that no other arrests were expected.

Leon-Morales, however, is no stranger to area law enforcement. Authorities have visited his residence four times in the past four years, Gibson said.

According to Iowa Courts Online, Leon-Morales has previously been convicted for a controlled substance violation as well as a parole violation.

He is currently being held without bond at the Marshall County Jail.