January 26, 2023

Prairie City family arrested in drug bust


A Prairie City family was arrested during a drug raid Wednesday night when the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement (MINE) Task Force, assisted by Prairie City police and Jasper County Sheriff’s deputies, executed a search warrant and found a 2-year-old child living in the marijuana manufacturing house.

Authorities arrested Harmon Wesley Wright Jr., 63, Harmon Wesley Wright III, 24, and Jenna Wright, 22, all of Prairie City at 10:11 p.m. at 300 S. Marshall St. According to Jasper County District Court records, all three lived at the Prairie City residence where investigators found three marijuana plants growing with proper light and air filtration systems in an unlocked basement. Also discovered during the search were two baggies of marijuana, one on a dining room table the other in Wright Jr.’s coat pocket, two 10mg tablets of amphetamine on a desk and two marijuana smoking pipes in Wright Jr.’s bedroom which lab tested positive for marijuana residue.

The 2-year-old child of Jenna Wright and Wright III was removed from the home by authorities while the three adults were taken to the Jasper County Jail.

All subjects are now facing multiple drug charges including three counts each of no drug tax stamp, manufacturing of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jenna Wright and Wright III face an additional charge of neglect and abandonment of a minor.

The Wrights had their initial appearance in Jasper County District Court Thursday morning. Wright Jr. is still being held in the Jasper County Correctional Facility on a $10,000 bond and Wright III on a $20,000 bond. Jenna Wright was released from jail Thursday on her own recognizance.

Wednesday night’s raid marks the fourth search warrant executed by the MINE Task Force in Jasper County in the last month, including the bust of a drug house in Newton on April 22 and a federal search warrant executed by the FBI, Task Force and Newton police at the Urgent Care clinic on April 5. No arrests have been made in the Urgent Care case, and the investigation is still ongoing.