Five charged in drug bust

Five people were arrested on various drug charges after authorities executed search warrants at three Marshalltown locations earlier this week.

Following a two-month investigation, the Mid Iowa Drug Task Force served warrants at 509 W. South St., 308 N. 5th Ave., and 408 Melody Lane Apt. #1 between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday.

Task force agents found evidence of methamphetamine usage and sales. Inside the three locations, officers cumulatively seized roughly 2 lbs. of methamphetamine with a potential street value of $70,000, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency, according to Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman.

Those arrested and charged were:

• Javier Corona, 30 — possession of Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to deliver (meth), a Class B felony; and tax stamp violation, a Class D felony;

• Rocio Cruz, 25 — possession of Schedule II controlled substance with the intent to deliver (meth), a Class B felony; and tax stamp violation, a Class D felony;

• Julio Adrian Garcia-Macias, 27 — possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor;

• Stefani Jo Perdue, 22, — possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor;

• Juan Manuel Saldana-Diaz, 21 — possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Corona and Cruz are currently being held in the Marshall County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond each. Perdue and Saldana-Diaz plead guilty to their individual drug charges, were fined and released Thursday.

Garcia-Macias is still in custody at the jail for his drug charge, but is also being held on a warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for illegal re-entry into the United States.

Hoffman said this investigation is just another example of the hard work members of the task force and other law enforcement agencies have exhibited throughout the past several months.

“I’m proud of the efforts of our agents … They have made a meaningful impact, certainly over the last year and before, on the available drug supply in Marshall County,” he said. “Unfortunately there’s still a lot left to do. But our officers are very diligent, productive and proactive.”

Hoffman added that the task force’s efforts also showcase the “great relationship with our local, state and federal counterparts.”

The task force was assisted by Hoffman’s office, the Marshalltown Police Department, Tri County Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and ICE.

Hoffman said the investigation continues and additional arrests are pending.

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Contact Jeff Hutton at 641-753-6611 or jhutton@timesrepublican.com