On Aug. 18 the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a domestic assault that occurred at 16874 Hwy 34. When Law Enforcement arrived at the residence Nick Lee fled on foot and was pursued by Sheriff Tharp and Deputy Palmer. Mr. Lee was apprehended and arrested for Interference with Official Acts (simple misdemeanor), Domestic Assault 3rd offense (class D felony), Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd offense (class D felony), Felon in possession of a firearm (class D felony), Possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor) and a parole violation warrant from Missouri.
The property owner, Kirk Isaacson, was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm (class D felony) as the result of an ongoing investigation and possession of drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor).
The Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug investigation and was able to obtain a search warrant for the property. The search warrant was executed later that night by the Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Chariton Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and South Central Iowa Drug Task Force.
The Sheriff’s Office seized a large number of cultivated marijuana plants (some of which were approximately eight feet tall), marijuana in the processing stage and a large quantity of Methamphetamine.
Kirk Isaacson, was then charged with manufacturing marijuana (class D felony), possession with intent to deliver more than five grams of methamphetamine (class B felony) and two counts of failure to affix tax stamp (class D felony).
These types of cases are very significant because we know that other crimes such as burglaries, thefts and assaults are closely related to drug possession and distribution. This is just the latest example of the work that is being done every day by the South Central Iowa Drug Task Force and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office.