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Henry County K9 sniffs out man's meth

PHOTO: Henry County Sheriff's Office

A Mount Pleasant, Iowa, man who carries a history of drugs and weapons charges is now accused of possessing methamphetamine.

Robin James Walton, 23, was arrested during a traffic stop in Mount Pleasant late Thursday night.

Deputies say Walton was pulled over at the intersection of East Washington and South Walnut streets for driving with an expired registration.

According to online court records, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The Henry County Sheriff's Office canine unit assisted officers in a search of Walton's vehicle.

The criminal complaint indicates Thursday night's search turned up a pill bottle containing two tablets and a baggie of meth. Deputies say Walton appeared to be intoxicated, and he admitted to taking prescription medication earlier that night. Records show Walton failed a field sobriety test, and refused to submit a urine sample.

He's now charged with Operating While Under the Influence, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Driving While License was Under Suspension. Walton was also cited for Failing to Provide Proof of Financial Liability, Operating a Non-Registered Vehicle and Driving Without a Valid Driver's License.

Walton was released from the Henry County Jail on his own recognizance Friday morning.

In a separate incident reported Oct. 2, Walton was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injury and Assault with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury. He is scheduled to be arraigned in that case Dec. 12.

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