Task force seizes various drugs from local home

The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force arrested a local man on four counts of drug trafficking Monday morning.

Police arrested Ronald Henderson, 37, in his home at 504 N. Seventh Ave., charging him with possession of crack and cocaine, both with the intent to distribute, special Class B felonies. Henderson allegedly had 1.72 ounces of cocaine and just under a gram of crack.

“Meth and marijuana seem to be the prevailing drug of choice in our area,” said Det. Joel Phillips, with the task force. “This is unusual.”

Henderson is also charged with two other counts of possession with intent to distribute for allegedly having psychedelic mushrooms and roughly 145 ecstasy pills, both special Class C felonies. He also faces three counts of tax stamp violation, Class D felonies; and prohibited acts, an aggravated misdemeanor.

During the execution of the warrant, police also recovered roughly $2,000 in cash, a variety of prescription pills and a .45-calibre Magnum revolver.

Phillips said the background check on the gun to determine to whom it is registered has yet to come back, but police have had no reports that it had been stolen. More arrests may arise as the investigation continues.

Henderson made his initial appearance Tuesday where the judge set his bond at $100,000 cash and ordered him to submit a substance abuse evaluation within two months of his release, according to the Marshall County Attorney’s Office. The judge issued a public defender and set Henderson’s preliminary hearing for June 28.

The Marshalltown Police Department and its K-9 unit assisted the task force with the arrest.

A special Class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.