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DRUG BUST: 20 Pounds Of Meth Seized

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A central Iowa drug task force has seized more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine as part of an 18-month investigation.

The Mid Iowa Drug Task Force also made three arrests in connection with the case. The task force says its investigation was aided by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Marshalltown Police Department K-9 Unit, and the DEA.

The drugs, along with $60,000, a tractor-trailer, and another vehicle were seized last week as part of the case. Officials say the street value of the meth was more than $900,000.

Forty-four-year-old Nicholas Ramirez-Martinez of Marshalltown is facing charges of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, failure to affix drug tax stamps, and prohibited acts. He is being held in the Marshall County Jail on a bond of $500,000.

Forty-nine-year-old Rene Fernandez and 47-year-old Francisco Salgado-Aguirre, both of Arizona, are charged with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. They are being held in the Polk County Jail on a bond of $100,000 each.

The MIDTF says more arrests are expected in the case.