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Two local men arrested for trafficking meth

November 27, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Police arrested two men on drug trafficking charges over the weekend in unrelated incidents.

Marshalltown Police Department officers arrested the two men, Adam Leiva, 20, and Jessie Freland, 54, both of Marshalltown, just hours apart Sunday.

Freland faces possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, failure to affix a tax stamp, a Class D felony, interference with official acts and trespassing, both simple misdemeanors.

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Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said police responded to a call that Freland was at the Tallcorn Towers, 134 E. Main St., after having been previously barred from the premises.

Freland fled the scene before police arrived, Hanken said, but police later found and arrested him at the Corner Tap, 35 N. Center St., a few hours later - just after 5 p.m.

When police arrested Freland, they found 15 grams of meth on him, Hanken said, which exceeds the five grams needed to charge intent to distribute.

Earlier in the day, just after 4 p.m., the MPD arrested Leiva as part of local law enforcement's holiday special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP). When an officer spotted Leiva driving on the 400 block of North Sixth Street when he wasn't supposed to be, the officer pulled him over.

During the traffic stop, the officer smelled marijuana and called the K-9 unit to search for drugs, Hanken said. That search turned up six grams of meth, baggies, scales, less than a gram of marijuana, some stolen property and drug paraphernalia.

Police charged Leiva with possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of stolen property exceeding $6,000 in value, a Class D felony, possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under suspension, simple misdemeanors.

Reports do not list what the stolen property is.

Both men made their initial appearances Monday, and both are being held on $100,000 cash only bonds.



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