MPD arrest local man for trafficking meth

When officers searched a hotel where an alleged drug dealer was staying early Friday morning, they uncovered 2.65 ounces of meth.

The Marshalltown Police Department arrested Lonnie Hill, 44, of Marshalltown, after responding to a call for a domestic disturbance at the Executive Inn, 2009 S. Center St., just before 1:30 a.m. Friday, said Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department.

Upon arrival, police could hear a man and a woman yelling at each other in Room 115, and after the woman left, a search of Hill uncovered a glass meth pipe and $770, Hanken said. Police applied for a search warrant, which they executed just hours later.

According to the police report, a subsequent search of the room revealed scales and packaging apparently used to distribute the meth police also found in the room.

Hill lives at 601 E. High St., but he and the woman had rented the room at the hotel for the evening, Hanken said.

A preliminary field test showed the substance police found to be meth, according to the report. However, Hanken said the toxicology report has yet to come back from the division of criminal investigations.

Police charged Hill with possession of meth with intent to distribute, a Class B felony; tax stamp violation, a Class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

According to online court records, Judge Michael Moon sentenced Hill to 25 years in prison in 2006 for drug charges, but the parole board released him on work release in 2011. Hill also received suspended jail time for drug charges out of Tama County in 2001.

Hill made his initial appearance in court Friday where the court ordered him to submit a substance abuse evaluation within 60 days. He is being held on $100,000 bond at the Marshall County Jail.

Marshall County Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg said meth ranges from $100 to $130 a gram, but dealers who buy in large quantities pay less.

Police made information of the arrest available Monday.

A Class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.