Explosive device found during residence search
In addition to drug charges, John Edward Walling, 35, of 406 E. Washington St., has also been charged with possession of explosive or incendiary materials after a search of his residence uncovered an item Walling said was a “homemade bomb.”
Possession of explosive or incendiary materials is an aggravated misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to two years in prison or a $6,250 fine. Additionally, Walling was charged with possession of a controlled substance and a drug tax stamp violation, both of which are Class D felonies, punishable by up to five years in prison. Walling was released on personal recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 3.
According to court records, a search warrant was conducted on Walling’s residence on June 5, at which the homemade explosive or incendiary device was located. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s State Fire Marshal’s office responded and dismantled the device. Officials from the office confirmed it was an operational incendiary or explosive device.
The records also said that officers located items used to ingest methamphetamine and a small amount of meth. Walling said he did not use the items to ingest meth, and that was what the contents of the items contained. Walling had been previously convicted of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver marijuana in Louisa County in 1996. He was also convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia in Washington County in 2001.
Officers also reported finding a prescription pill bottle with the label torn off. The bottle contained 10 pills, which were identified as Percocet, a schedule II controlled substance. Walling had no label or tax stamp on the bottle.
Walling had been arrested June 5 and charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. According to court records, a controlled buy operation had been done between Walling and law enforcement on May 10. The report said that seven grams of marijuana were purchased from the defendant for $100. The transaction happened at Walling’s residence, the report said. During the same search of Walling’s residence, a digital scale, notes of illegal drug sales, marijuana and many items of drug paraphernalia were located. The report also said three firearms and ammunition were located at the residence. It said one of the firearms was a loaded revolver located just inside the door of the residence. Two .22-caliber rifles were also located at the residence.