MPD arrest four on drug charges

Police have arrested four local men on drug charges, working jointly with the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Capt. Chris Jones, with the Marshalltown Police Department, said the investigations began when neighbors complained of a strong odor of marijuana coming from the homes.

In a roughly four-hour span Tuesday, police arrested Christopher Proffitt; 24, Kevin Young, 52; Jessie Harmon III, 19,; and Lashawn Scates, 27, in three unrelated incidents.

“All of them were associated with the Department of Corrections for various reasons,” Jones said. “They were all on probation.”

Police charged Harmon and Scates with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor; Proffitt with possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; and Young with possession of meth, enhanced to a Class D felony because of prior convictions, and promoting a gathering where controlled substances are used, another Class D felony.

After obtaining search warrants, police recovered user amounts of meth and pot from the scenes of the alleged crimes.

Young and Proffitt were arrested together at 9 E. Grant St., where Jones said five people had gathered to use drugs. None of the other occupants face charges. Scates also lives at 9 E. Grant St. but in a different apartment, Jones said.

None of the incidents are connected, Jones said, and he doesn’t anticipate any additional charges or arrests.

Proffitt, Harmon and Young appeared in court Wednesday where the judge ordered each of them to submit a substance abuse evaluation to the court within 60 days and appointed public defenders to the three men.

Young is being held on $5,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for June 14. Harmon and Proffitt are set to have their preliminary hearings June 24.