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Two arrested in M.I.N.E. Task Force bust

The Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, with the assistance of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and Newton Police Department Tactical Entry Team, executed a drug search warrant at 10 p.m. Sunday at 109 Thomas Jefferson Drive in Lambs Grove, where illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized. 

As a result of the search warrant, two individuals were taken to the Jasper County Jail on drug charges and are awaiting initial appearances. Matthew Harford, 35, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver more than five grams within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class B felony; conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony; maintaining a drug house, an aggravated misdemeanor; possession of Schedule IV drug X2, a serious misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Tiffany Vandekrol, 42, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver more than five grams within 1,000 feet of a school, conspiracy to distribute more than five grams of methamphetamine, possession of Schedule IV drug X2, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 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, Knoxville, Newton and Pella police departments.

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