The Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew announced Friday afternoon that three Ottumwa men and a Newton man have been arrested as a result of a year-long drug investigation.
During the investigation, law enforcement personnel seized 33 pounds of methamphetamine.
The three Ottumwa men, Michael McManus Jr., age 35, Terry Lee Young, age 58, and Juan Hernandez-Huerta, age 25 all face federal drug charges, as does Brian Lee Carmer of Newton.
McAndrew says that over the course of the investigation, officers made 20 controlled purchases of meth.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests may be imminent.
Full Press Release from Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew
Law enforcement personnel have ended a drug investigation that has lasted well over a year in Southeast Iowa. During the course of the investigation, officers conducted over 20 controlled purchases of methamphetamine from numerous offenders.
On Saturday, June 15th, 2013, officers seized approximately 33 pounds of methamphetamine as a result of the investigation.
On Wednesday, June 19th, officers executed federal search warrants at:
122 N. James, Ottumwa, IA, the residence of Terry Young
328 S. Tacoma, Ottumwa, IA, the residence of Michael McManus
122 W. 10th St N #1, Newton, IA, the residence of Brian Carmer
As a result of the search warrant executions, officers seized controlled substances, cash, and assets.
Arrested as a result of the investigation were:
Michael McManus JR, age 35, of 328 S. Tacoma, Ottumwa
Terry Lee Young, age 58, of 122 N. James, Ottumwa
Brian Lee Carmer, age 35, of Newton, IA
Juan Hernandez-Huerta, age 25, of Ottumwa, IA
All persons arrested have been charged in the United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa with Conspiracy to Distribute more than 500 Grams of Methamphetamine.
The following agencies participated in the investigation:
Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement
Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Intelligence
United States Drug Enforcement Administration
Ottumwa Police Department
Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force
This investigation is ongoing. Numerous arrests are still pending.