Traffic stop leads to drug arrests
AINSWORTH — What began as a simple traffic stop Saturday night on Highway 218 in Washington quickly turned into a drug arrest when officers discovered over 100 baggies of marijuana in the vehicle.
Jeffrey D. Wilschke, 32, of Madison, Wis., was arrested Saturday night at Highway 218 and 175th Street in Ainsworth for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating without registration. Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine between $750 and $7,500. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor.
Zachary Ryan Marinan, 26, of Davenport, was arrested at the same time and location for possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both men remain in the Washington County Jail under $5,000 bond.
According to court records, Deputy Nathan Schmuecker of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was conducting traffic enforcement at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at about 175th Street and Highway 218 when he saw a Nissan Quest minivan with an expired registration sticker. The report said he also saw the vehicle cross median dashed lines. Schmuecker did a traffic stop on the vehicle.
Wilschke was driving the vehicle, according to the report, and Marinan was the passenger. The report also said that Schmuecker observed the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and that he saw multiple clear, plastic baggies through the interior. Schm-uecker reported that he asked to search the vehicle and Wilschke had declined to allow the search.
As Schm-uecker was walking back to his vehicle, he heard something cause a “thud” in the grassy area by the passenger side of the vehicle. He reported that Wilschke and Marinan denied throwing anything out of the vehicle.
Schmuecker requested a K-9 unit. The only one available at the time was from Coralville. The Coralville Police department K-9 did a sniff of the exterior of the vehicle and a “positive alert” was given. A search of the grassy area located a clean clear quart-sized mason jar containing about 0.6 ounces of a controlled substance. A search of the vehicle found over 100 individual “dime baggies” — a bag of marijuana that sells for $10 — two scales, a marijuana grinder, and marijuana pipes in the operator and front seat passenger area.
After the two were arrested, the report said that $1,100 in currency was seized from Wilschke and $70 was seized from Marinan. The report also said that Wilschke has two previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance and Marinan has one previous conviction.