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Law Enforcement from a Dozen Agencies Look to Bust North Iowa Drug Ring

About a dozen law enforcement agencies were involved Thursday in executing six drug search warrants in and around Mason City.

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office says the warrants were part of an investigation into a methamphetamine and fentanyl distribution group. Five residences in Mason City and one in Manly were searched, resulting in the recovery of meth, fentanyl, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, plus the arrest of 30-year-old Felix Arp of Mason City on multiple felony drug charges.

Arp is facing one count of possession of meth with intent to deliver, a Class B felony; possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver, a Class C felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class D felony. He was also charged with three counts of failure to affix a drug tax stamp, all Class D felonies.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are pending with the case. Anyone with information about Arp, any other suspects, or about residences involved in the search is ask to contact local law enforcement.

Agencies assisting with the investigation include: Clear Lake, Manly and Mason City police departments; Iowa State Patrol troopers and tactical teams; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; North Iowa Narcotics Task Force Special Operations team and investigators; Story County ERT; Worth County Sheriff’s Office; and task forces from Waterloo-Tri-County, Mid-Iowa Task Force, and Central Iowa Drug Task Force.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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