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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 12:00 pm

For the Daily Gate City

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force reports seven drug-related arrests since Thursday.

Murphy

Thomas S. Murphy, 28, of Fort Madison, was arrested Thursday at 3023 Ave. K, Fort Madison, on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Murphy is charged with receipt of a precursor, a Class D felony; prohibited acts, a Class C felony; and purchase of more than one package of pseudoephedrine in a 24 hour period, a simple misdemeanor.

If convicted, Murphy faces up to 15 years and 30 days in a state correctional facility.

Murphy’s arrest stems from an investigation into allegations that Murphy was using false information to obtain prescription drugs.

Fowler

In an unrelated action, Matthew D. Fowler, 35, of 517 S. Second St., Keokuk, was arrested Friday at the Lee County Jail for possession with intent to deliver marijuana second or subsequent offense, a Class D felony with enhancements; drug tax stamp violation, a Class D felony; child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor; possession of methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted, Fowler faces up to 23 years and 30 days in a state correctional facility.

Fowler’s arrest stems from a traffic stop conducted by the Keokuk Police Department. A search warrant was served in the investigation and items indicative of the charges were found.

Tibbits

In an unrelated action, Beverly N. Tibbits, 26, of 307 Concert St., Keokuk, was arrested Friday at her residence for manufacture of methamphetamine in excess of five grams in the presence of a minor, a Class B felony with enhancements; maintaining a drug house, an aggravated misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted, Tibbits faces up to 32 years and 30 days in a state correctional facility.

Tibbits’ arrest stems from a home visit conducted by the Eighth Judicial District of Probation and Parole. Items indicative of the charges were discovered.

Vanzile and Washburn

In an unrelated action, Heather S. Vanzile, 28, and Adam A. Washburn, 28, both of 5836 Ave. O Lot 124, Fort Madison, were arrested Saturday at their home.

They were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor; maintaining a drug house, an aggravated misdemeanor; and drug tax stamp violation, a Class D felony.

Washburn also is charged with manufacture of marijuana, a Class D felony, and Vanzile is charged with aiding and abetting the manufacture of marijuana, a Class D felony.

If convicted, Vanzile and Washburn face up to 13 years and 30 days in a state correctional facility.

The arrest of Washburn and Vanzile stems from an investigation into allegations that Washburn and Vanzile were manufacturing marijuana in Fort Madison. A search warrant was served during the investigation and items indicative of the charges were found.

Schipper and Jackson

In an unrelated action, Krystal G. Schipper, 23, of 916 Concert St., Keokuk, and Charles R. Jackson, 24, 3902 Bluff Road Lot 36, Fort Madison, were arrested Sunday in Fort Madison.

Jackson is charged with possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted, Jackson faces up to one year and 30 days in a state correctional facility.

Schipper is charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in excess of five grams, a Class B felony; possession of marijuana, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted, Schipper faces up to 26 years and 30 days in a state correctional facility.

The arrests of Schipper and Jackson stem from an investigation by the Fort Madison Police Department into a suspicious vehicle. Items indicative of the charges were found during the investigation.

Also assisting the task force in the investigations were the Lee County Attorney’s Office, Iowa State Penitentiary K9 Unit, Department of Human Services, and the Lee County Sheriffs Office.

The Lee County Narcotics Task Force is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Justice and the funds administered by the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

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