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      Fairfield drug investigations lead to one arrest

      <font size="2">Michael Ray Buford</font>

      Drugs have landed another Heartland man in jail.

      50-year-old Michael Ray Buford, of Fairfield, is facing a slew of felony drug charges.

      Buford was arrested after Fairfield Police executed a warrant at a home in the Leisure Living Trailer Court.

      Officers found meth, marijuana and a weapon in the home.

      A statement from the Fairfield Police Department notes that a meth lab team did search the home. However, no active meth lab was found.

      The department also stated that they have a second drug investigation underway.

      No arrests have been made in that case.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------Press release from the Fairfield Police Department

      Date of Release: 03/13/2014

      Reference: Drug investigations on 03/12/2014

      Reporting Officer: Captain David Thomas

      Officers of the Fairfield Police Department (FPD) were involved in two related drug investigations on 03/12/2014. These investigations were a result of the good work of FPD officers using controlled substances (drugs) intelligence. This is a program where law enforcement personnel share criminal activity information with other officers and deputies in Fairfield, Jefferson County, and Iowa. This is due to the fact persons involved in criminal activity do not stay in one jurisdiction and there are several law enforcement agencies in Iowa with limited resources of investigative personnel and equipment. In these investigations, the intelligence was initiated by FPD officers and the investigations were led by FPD officers. The other agencies that assisted will be noted below.

      The first search warrant executed was at an address that cannot be released at the time of this media release. This is because criminal charges have NOT been filed, yet, and it is an ongoing investigation. We can report it was in Fairfield and there was drug paraphernalia located and seized. As soon as this investigation is completed, FPD will release the names of any persons charged with a crime.

      The second search warrant was executed at 200 N. 28th Street (Leisure Living Trailer Court), Lot #38 in Fairfield. There was some confusion about a meth lab team assisted. There was NO meth lab found at this location. Due to hazardous materials associated with meth production labs, law enforcement agencies often utilize specially trained officers or deputies to clear or confirm the residence has no hazardous materials at the location. Small lab teams (2 - 4 officers or deputies) are usually used when meth is the controlled substance being investigated, just in case and only as a precaution.

      From this search warrant, MICHAEL RAY BUFORD (date of birth - 01/13/1964, age - 50) was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver More Than Five Grams of Methamphetamine (Class B Felony), Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance ?? Marijuana (Class D Felony), Drug Tax Stamp Violation (Class D Felony), Immediate Possession or Control of an Offensive Weapon (Class D Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor).

      THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS A CRIMINAL CHARGE IS MERELY AN ACCUSATION AND THE DEFENDANT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

      FPD wants to thank all assisting agencies. They included the Jefferson County Attorney??s Office, the Jefferson County Communications Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff??s Office, the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, and the Henry County Sheriff??s Office. Please contact us if you need further information. FPD officers appreciate the ongoing support from the media in our area and the assistance given to our citizens by relaying this information.