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Three arrested on drug charges

Authorities arrested three individuals on drug charges and removed two children from a home Tuesday following an investigation by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.

At approximately 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, task force members, with assistance from the Newton Police Department Tactical Entry Team, executed a drug search warrant at 1006 N. Fifth Ave. E. in Newton, where illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized, according to a news release. Two children younger than 18 were removed from the home under the Jasper County Drug Endangered Children Program.

The three individuals arrested included:

• Russell Quick Sr., 57, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of prescription pills without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Russell Quick Jr., 31, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of prescription pills with a prescription, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Jennifer Atwood, 35, charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of prescription pills with a prescription, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were taken to the Jasper County Jail and are awaiting initial appearances.

Possession of methamphetamine is a serious misdemeanor and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription are serious misdemeanors, child endangerment is a class D felony and possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor.

The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force is based in Des Moines and currently has 16 central Iowa agencies participating in the task force, including the Jasper and Marion County sheriff’s offices and the Knoxville, Newton and Pella police departments.

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