Elmer Lee Harwell 2-12-20

Elmer Lee Harwell, 44, of Bedford, Iowa

MARYVILLE, Mo. — An Iowa man was arrested and his home searched after Nodaway County deputies found what they said was methamphetamine on him while in a vehicle on the side of the highway.

Elmer Lee Harwell, 44, of Bedford, Iowa, was charged in Missouri with possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and possession of more than five grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a class B felony, in Iowa after a search of his residence.

According to a press release from Nodaway County Sheriff Randy Strong, deputies and K-9 Bolt were on patrol on Highway 71 north of 224th Street around 10 p.m. on Feb. 8 when they ran across a vehicle on the shoulder with Iowa plates in which Harwell was a passenger. Based on Bolt’s reactions during a free-air sniff of the vehicle and “other indicators,” deputies searched the vehicle and turned up drug paraphernalia and found Harwell in possession of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

After the sheriff’s office notified the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa, a Nodaway County deputy participated in a search of Harwell’s home. The search resulted in the arrest of Cynthia Butler, 37, for meth possession.

Both Harwell and Butler are being held without bond pending an appearance before a magistrate in Taylor County, according to the press release.

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