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Task force arrests local man for drug trafficking, cohorts for keeping drug den

Alleged dealer held on $100,000 bond

October 30, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A drug bust Thursday has left a local man with a charge of delivering methamphetamine and two women with related felony charges.

Det. Joel Phillips, with the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force, said police arrested Jose Gurule, 31, on a warrant just before midnight at the Economy Inn, 302 N. 12th Ave.

During the arrest, Phillips said deputies discovered two women, Misty Philo, 25, and Natrisha Banks, 26, at the motel with Gurule.

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Both women were charged with sponsoring a gathering for purposes of using a controlled substance - meth, Class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Banks also faces possession of contraband, for taking meth into the sheriff's office, a Class D felony, and possession of meth, a simple misdemeanor.

Police charged Gurule with delivery of meth, a special Class B felony, after completing an investigation of him dating back roughly a month, Phillips said.

The trio made their initial appearances Friday. The court released Philo under the supervision of a probation officer. Banks is being held on $5,000 bond, and Gurule is being held on $100,000 cash-only bond.

Bank and Gurule have their preliminary hearings set for 1 p.m. Nov. 5. Philo's preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 14.

The court appointed Philo and Banks public defenders. Gurule will hire a private attorney, according to court records.

Police made details of the arrests available Monday.



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