A Des Moines man was arrested in Knoxville late last week on several drug charges. On Friday members of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, South Central Iowa Drug Task Force and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle south of Knoxville on highway 14 for an equipment infraction.
The driver of the vehicle, Robert Alan Estes was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officers then searched the vehicle and recovered a “shake and bake” methamphetamine laboratory concealed inside a suitcase along with lithium batteries, peeled lithium strips, lithium battery casings, instant cold compress packs, drain cleaner, Coleman fuel, pliers and a container with a white powder residue.
As a result, Estes was arrested and charged with manufacturing less than five grams of a schedule II controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, operating without insurance and failure to carry registration card. Additional charges are pending. Estes is currently being held in the Marion County jail on a $52,600 bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for Friday.
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Original post on February 14th at 3pm.