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Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

By David Hotle | Jul 23, 2013

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.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Aug 18, 2013 23:15

Mike Huckabee on Drugs


We really don’t have so much a crime problem in this country. We have a drug and alcohol problem. 80% of the people who are in our prisons and jails are there for a drug or alcohol crime. They either were high or drunk when they committed the crime, or they committed the crime to get high or drunk. And what has made a huge mistake is that we’ve incarcerated so many of the people who really need drug rehab more than they need long-term incarceration.

In our state, we established over 20 drug courts, that gave people an alternative course, rather than just putting them in prison, giving them the opportunity to get what they really needed, which is off the addiction. We’ve got to quit locking up all the people that we’re mad at and lock up the people that we’re really afraid of, the people who are sexual predators and violent offenders. I would go for more drug courts and for a lot less incarceration of drug-addicted people.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jul 23, 2013 22:43

By Bill O'Reilly

"Go to Detroit and ask anyone living on the south side of the eight-mile road what destroyed their city? They will tell you narcotics. They know addiction leads to crime and debasement. But what do the race hustlers and limousine liberals yell about? The number of black men in prison for selling drugs. Oh, it's so unfair. It's a nonviolent crime and blacks are targeted. That is one of the biggest lies in the history of this country.

The thugs who sell hard drugs, no matter what color they are, deserve to be put away for long periods of time. They sell poison, they sell a product that enslaves and kills. They are scum.

When was the last time you heard the Congressional Black Caucus say that? How about Jackson and Sharpton? How about President Obama?

The solution to the epidemic of violent crime in poor black neighborhoods is to actively discourage pregnancies out of marriage, to impose strict discipline in the public schools, including mandatory student uniforms, and to create a zero tolerance policy for gun and drug crimes imposing harsh mandatory prison time on the offenders.

And finally, challenging the entertainment industry to stop peddling garbage. Hey listen up you greed heads, if a kid can't speak proper English, uses the "f" word in every sentence, it's disgraceful, it's disrespectful -- it's disrespectful in his or her manner. That child will never, never be able to compete in the marketplace of America... never. And it has nothing to do with slavery. It has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents. You're the ones hurting these vulnerable children.

You want a conversation, you got it. You want a better situation for blacks, give them a chance to revive their neighborhoods and culture. Work with the good people to stop the bad people. Pumping money into the chaos does little. You can't legislate good parenting or responsible entertainment. But you can fight against the madness, with discipline, a firm message and little tolerance for excuse-making.

It is now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess."

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