MASON CITY | A narcotics investigation in Mason City Thursday yielded three arrests and pounds of methamphetamine and marijuana worth thousands, law enforcement says.
Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputies worked with Mason City police, North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force investigators, the Special Operations Group, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement for the investigation, which the sheriff’s office said involved “multiple pounds of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana.”
The street value of the drugs is estimated at $40,000 for the meth and $25,000 for the marijuana, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals said.
During the investigation, two separate traffic stops were made at Highway 122 and South Pierce Avenue. A search warrant was also executed.
The first stop occurred around 9:40 p.m. and led to the arrest of Eric Thomas Hart, 28, of Mason City.
Hart was charged with:
Possession with intent to deliver meth over 5 grams. Failure to affix tax stamp. Failure to have a valid driver’s license. Possession of drug paraphernalia.
When law enforcement searched Hart, court documents say two bags of meth — one large and one small — were found. The amount was estimated at 2 ounces.
A search of his vehicle also turned up a baggie of meth, a small amount of meth in tinfoil, a hypodermic needle and a scale, court documents say.
Dakota Lee Sanders, 30, of San Andreas, California, was arrested during the second traffic stop.
Sanders was charged with:
Possession with intent to deliver meth over 5 grams. Possession with intent to deliver marijuana under 50 kilograms. Two counts of failure to