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Fairfield man charged with possession of meth, marijuana

Mar 14, 2014

Fairfield Police Department officers were involved in executing two search warrants Wednesday that resulted in the arrest of a Fairfield man on several drug-related charges.
As a result of the search warrant, 50-year-old Michael Ray Buford was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, a Class B felony; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance – marijuana, a Class D felony; drug tax stamp violation, a Class D felony; immediate possession or control of an offensive weapon, a Class D felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.
The first search warrant was executed at an undisclosed address. A media release from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office explained the address could not be given today because criminal charges had not been filed yet, and the investigation is ongoing.
The press release states: “We can report it was in Fairfield and there was drug paraphernalia located and seized. As soon as this investigation is completed, [Fairfield Police Department] will release the names of any persons charged with a crime.”
The second search warrant was executed in Leisure Living Trailer Court, 200 N. 28th St., Lot 38, in Fairfield.
A methamphetamine lab team assisted, but no meth lab was found.
The press release explained that due to hazardous materials associated with meth production labs, law enforcement agencies often use specially trained officers or deputies to clear or confirm the residence has no hazardous materials. Small lab teams of two to four officers or deputies are usually used when meth is the controlled substance being investigated, “just in case and only as a precaution.”    
The Fairfield Police Department confirms a criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
According to the press release: “these investigations were a result of the good work of local police officers using controlled-substances intelligence.
“This is a program where law enforcement personnel share criminal activity information with other officers and deputies in Fairfield, Jefferson County, and Iowa. This is due to the fact persons involved in criminal activity do not stay in one jurisdiction and there are several law enforcement agencies in Iowa with limited resources of investigative personnel and equipment. In these investigations, the intelligence was initiated by [Fairfield Police Department] officers and the investigations were led by [Fairfield police] officers.
The Fairfield Police Department was assisted by the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, Jefferson County Communications Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Pleasant Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

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