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EPD makes drug arrest

By Staff | Jun 25, 2008

A traffic stop conducted by the Estherville Police Department on June 22 resulted in one individual being arrested on drug charges.

Officers stopped the suspected vehicle in the 10 block of South 13th Street for a minor traffic violation. Upon questioning the occupants in vehicle, officers observed a package in the glove box that appeared to be marijuana.

Brett Conlan Morton, 30, of Estherville, was placed under arrest at the scene and transported to the Emmet County Jail. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Morton went before a magistrate on Sunday morning and was released on an unsecured bond of $5,000.

Possession with intent to deliver marijuana is a Class D felony, punishable by no more than five years in prison and a fine of $750 to $7,500. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor punishable by one to 30 days in jail or a fine of up to $100.

“I would like to commend the officers for their work in vehicle traffic enforcement and for being diligent in drug enforcement efforts,” said Captain Brent Shatto. “The officers work hard to provide us with a safe place to live and work and quite frankly we do not thank them enough.”

If you have information about any crime, contact the Estherville Police Department, 712-362-3515.