April 17, 2021

Newton man arrested on drug trafficking charges

MINE task force seized multiple substances from residence

A Newton man was arrested Wednesday for multiple felony drug charges after the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement task force executed a search warrant of the accused residence.

Douglas W. Jenkins, 49, was present at 1:20 p.m. at his residence in the 500 block of East Third Street South when detectives uncovered multiple items in his bedroom and in a vehicle registered in Jenkins’ name.

Law enforcement found 9.86 grams of methamphetamine, 63.08 grams of marijuana, 2.74 grams of a substance appearing to be psilocybin mushrooms, 91 various prescription medications available by prescription only and packaged for sale, 36 acetaminophen and oxycodone HCL, a combination of 59 Schedule 4 pills packaged for sale including lorazepam, clonazepam and alprazolam and five various Schedule 5 pills.

Jenkins also had a digital scale, packaging materials and large quantities of drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Detectives also located a single-shot, .45-caliber handgun in Jenkin’s bedroom. As a convicted felon, he is not lawfully allowed to have the weapon in his possession. He told officers he purchased the firearm two weeks ago.

He has been charged with drug trafficking - meth, two counts of intent to manufacture and deliver, controlled substance violation, two counts of possession of a controlled substance third or subsequent offense, five counts of failure to affix drug stamp, felon in control of a firearm, unlawful possession of a prescription drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins is being held at the Jasper County Jail on a $76,000 cash or surety bond. Preliminary hearing has been set for 9 a.m. March 15.