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      Massive meth seizure results in more arrests

      Darrell Edward Elmer Cosgrove

      The seizure of more than 33 pounds of meth earlier this summer continues to result in arrests.

      Sgt. Jason Bell, the Southeast Iowa Inter-agency Drug Task Force Supervisor ,announced the arrest of four individuals this week.

      Brett Alan Whittington, 27, of Ottumwa, James Lee Fields, 51, of Oskaloosa Darrell Edward Elmer Cosgrove, 28 and Alicia Ann Choate, 19 both of Eldora face a "B" Felony charge of Conspiracy to Deliver More Than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine,

      The arrests are part of an on-going investigation, an investigation that came to light earlier this summer when law enforcement seized 33 pounds of meth.

      The initial investigation, which lasted more than a year, resulted in the arrest of four individuals, three of whom were from Ottumwa.

      That brings the total number of arrests to eight, but that number is may increase. The investigation is on-going and is likely to result in additional arrests.

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      Complete press release from Sgt. Bell

      Additional people have been arrested on state drug charges as a result of a methamphetamine distribution investigation that led to the seizure of 33 pounds of ice methamphetamine on June 15th, 2013.

      On August 13, 2013, Brett Alan Whittington, age 27, of Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Deliver More Than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine, a Class ??B?? Felony.

      On August 14, 2013, James Lee Fields, age 51, of Oskaloosa, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Deliver More Than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine, a Class ??B?? Felony.

      On August 14, 2013, Darrell Edward Elmer Cosgrove, age 28, of Eldora, IA, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Deliver More Than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine, a Class ??B?? Felony.

      On August 14, 2013, Alicia Ann Choate, age 19, of Eldora, IA, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Deliver More Than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine, a Class ??B?? Felony.

      Additional arrests are pending as a result of the investigation.

      Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings:

      A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.