Large Quantity of Drugs Found in Mahaska County, SE Iowa Man Arrested


Authorities say the execution of a search warrant in rural Mahaska County on Monday resulted in the discovery of drugs and guns which lead to a man’s arrest.

The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office along with members of the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Task Force searched a residence located at 1671 305th Street. According to a press release from the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office, the warrant was related for controlled substances and paraphernalia related to the manufacturing, sale, and use of controlled substances.

Law enforcement allegedly found approximately 75 cultivated marijuana plants growing on the property. Additionally, 50 pounds of processed marijuana was also found inside the residence as well as methamphetamine. Also, two firearms, explosive devices, cash, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia were located.

59-year-old Mark Emery Tyrrel was arrested at the scene. He was charged with manufacturing and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver (Class D felony), possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver (Class B felony), and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (Class D felony).

Tyrrel was transported to the Mahaska County Jail. The Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office is anticipating more charges will be brought against Tyrrel. The case remains under investigation.

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