New developments tonight in what looks to be the return of meth making in northwest Iowa.
The Lyon County sheriff says his county had virtually no meth activity for the last three years.
But then last week, three people were arrested as part of a suspected meth making operation in the tiny town of Doon.
And now, another arrest has been made in connection with that case. It is a tough admission for a county sheriff to have to make.
"We've had a little bit of an uptick here with meth. The last week we did have a major drug arrest down in Doon. and it turns out it is a pretty big operation." Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep says the latest arrest in that Doon operation is this man, 33 year old Wayne Koele, who investigators say was buying pseudoephedrine, a key component in making meth and then giving it to another man who used it to make meth.
And there is a South Dakota connection to this arrest. "A lot of the stuff that we got with this arrest was coming from South Dakota," Vander Stoep said.
Apparently, much of the pseudoephedrine used to reportedly make meth in Iowa was purchased in Sioux Falls, with those doing the buying hoping to not arouse local suspicions. Sheriff Vander Stoep says his office works closely with stores in Sioux Falls in an effort to stop this kind of activity.
"What we're finding out now is that people will go and have friends or buddies go out and buy the max they can from a store and then sell it to him or sell it to the guy that is making the meth," Vander Stoep said.
The sheriff says the arrests in this case won't stop at Wayne Koele, that more people are involved and that they will be put away for bringing meth back to northwest Iowa.
Sheriff Vander Stoep says meth makers try to take advantage of rural areas because of their quiet nature and lack of population. There are fewer people around to take notice of possible suspicious activity but he also says he will do everything he can to stop this resurgence of meth.