Ottumwa police arrest man in Amtrak drug bust


    Marcus Eric Wirtz, 49, Pomona Park, Florida/Wapello County Jail

    An Amtrak passenger was arrested in Ottumwa Wednesday, after police say he tried to sell drugs on the train.

    Just before 10 a.m., Amtrak police officers asked members of the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force to investigate the situation at Ottumwa's Amtrak station on West Main Street.

    Authorities spoke with the passenger, Marcus Eric Wirtz, 49, while the train was stopped.

    Wirtz admitted to having marijuana for personal use. Investigators searched his belongings and found two grams of THC concentrate, four grams of high-grade marijuana buds, four grams of marijuana hash as well as drug paraphernalia.

    Wirtz is charged with Prohibited Acts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Wednesday, he was released from the Wapello County Jail on his own recognizance.

    Court records show Wirtz was in the process of moving from Gold Hill, Oregon, to Pomona Park, Florida. Wirtz made his first court appearance in Wapello County on Thursday, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.



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