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Sheriff’s deputy arrests Albion man on meth charges

December 13, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A local man is being held on $100,000 bond after police allegedly found several ounces of methamphetamine in his possession Tuesday evening.

Skoky Strohm, 21, of Albion, faces nine charges, including possession of meth with intent to deliver, a Class C felony, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, a Class D felony, and prohibited acts, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Strohm made his initial appearance Wednesday.

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A Marshall County Sheriff's Office patrol deputy arrested Strohm after making a traffic stop, said Marshall County Sheriff Ted Kamatchus. During a search of Strohm's car, the deputy allegedly found an undisclosed amount meth.

However, in order for police to charge intent to distribute, Iowa code stipulates that the offender must have more than five grams in his or her possession.

Police charged Strohm with prohibited acts because he was allegedly using his car to traffic the drugs, Judge Kim Riley said at Strohm's appearance.

Police also charged Strohm with operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor, two counts of driving under suspension - one for unpaid fines and the other for failure to have insurance, improper use of registration, having tinted windows and failure to have a valid driver's license, all simple misdemeanors.

The court appointed Strohm a public defender and ordered him to complete a substance abuse evaluation and submit the results to the court within 60 days of his release.

A Class C felony is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. His preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 21.

Further details from the sheriff's office were unavailable at press.



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