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Area law enforcement arrest three in drug case

By Staff | Mar 16, 2011

The Estherville Police Department with the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Iowa State Patrol made three arrests on Monday in connection with a narcotics investigation involving possession and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine (ICE) and cocaine.

The investigation led to a traffic stop of a suspect vehicle in the 400 Block of West Central Avenue in Estherville. The occupants of the suspect vehicle, a 2000 Ford Expedition, were identified and interviewed. It was determined that Jose Barajas age 26 of Estherville was an illegal alien, had been deported from Estherville, and had illegally re-entered the United States. Estherville Police K-9, Max was summoned to make an exterior search of the suspect vehicle. Max indicated to officers that there was the presence of illegal drugs in the car and during a subsequent search, officers found a large quantity of methamphetamine (ICE) and cocaine. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine and cocaine is $2,950 dollars. The illegal drugs and the 2000 Ford Expedition were seized by law enforcement officers.

Officers took Barajas of Estherville into custody and he was charged with possession of methamphetamine and cocaine with intent to deliver, and drug tax stamp Vviolation. Also arrested was Carlos Roberto Sorto, age 23 of Estherville for Forgery, possession of a controlled substance methamphetamine, a drug tax stamp violation, and failure to post security against liability.

Further investigation led officers to a residence located at 121 N. 18th St. in Estherville. Events there resulted in the arrest of Juan Lozano Morales, age 25, of Estherville for interference with official acts. K-9 Max was also involved in the apprehension of Morales as he attempted to flee from officers. Officers then conducted a search of an apartment and items of interest were taken from that location. The investigation continues regarding that search.

Sorto remains in the Emmet County Jail with a bond of $147,500 cash or surety. Barajas remains in the Emmet County Jail on a bond of $139,750 cash or surety.