Drug Task Force bust yields felony drug charges against six local residents

Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force personnel arrested six residents — including four family members — on felony drug charges on Thursday.

The charges were filed after executing three search warrants at local residences 107 S. Seventh Ave., 309 W. Nevada St. and 106 W Nevada St.

Charges

• Bounchanh Noi Phetsomphou, 46, was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver – Class D felony, failure to affix a drug tax stamp – Class D felony, prohibited acts, an aggravated misdemeanor. Her preliminary hearing is May 24. Bond is $5,000 cash or surety.

• Michelle Mi Senethavysouk, 26, was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, prohibited acts, and child endangerment. Her preliminary hearing is June 5. She was released on promise to appear.

• Brandon Senethavysouk, 18, was arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp and prohibited acts. A Tama County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and his K-9 partner, who were assisting, located Brandon Senethavysouk hiding under a vehicle in a nearby yard where he was taken into custody. His preliminary hearing is May 24. Bond is $5,000 cash or surety.

• Justin Senethavysouk, 18, was arrested with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, and carrying weapons charges. His preliminary hearing is May. Bond is $5,000 cash only.

• Raylyn Finders, 28, was charged with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor.

• Jose Cervantes-Zaragoza, 26, was charged with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor.

“During the service of a search warrant at 107 S. Seventh Ave. a subject jumped out of a window and ran from officers as they were making entry into the house,” Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman said. “During searches of the residences agents found evidence of marijuana and cocaine use and marijuana sales. Officers seized approximately three pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a firearm and $1,661 U.S. currency as a result of the search warrants.

“Due to evidence of drug use and drug sales in one of the residences, the Drug Endangered Child (DEC) protocol was implemented and MIDTF Investigators removed one child from the house.”

Additional arrests are pending as the investigation continues.

The MIDTF was assisted by the Marshalltown Police Department, the Tama County Sheriff’s Office and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force is funded by a grant, through the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.