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November 17, 2005

Police bust Southern Iowa drug ring

OSKALOOSA — Several people were arrested and charged with multiple drug-related charges on the morning of Nov. 10.

According to a press release from the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at two residences in Mount Pleasant, two residences in Ottumwa and three residences in Oskaloosa.

In Oskaloosa, officers executed search warrants at 414 S. First St., the home of Anthony Lamart Lawrence, 23, and Felicia Beatrice Mackerl, 22, and 515 High Ave. East, No. 6, the home of Jerronne Darryl Johnson, 23, and Nicole Leanne Widmar, 18. A third search warrant was executed at 510 N. Market St.

Officers also conducted a consent search at an apartment at 1213 Santa Clara St., the home of Demetrius Mackerl, 24.

Officers charged Lawrence, Felicia Mackerl, Johnson and Widmar with conspiracy to distribute more than 10 grams of crack cocaine. Demetrius Mackerl was charged with prohibited acts, possession of marijuana.

In Ottumwa, officers executed warrants at the home of Kevin Lanell Lawrence, 24, and Ashley Teemer, 20, and the home of Devera and Kiesha Green, at 561 Ottumwa St., No. 9. Devera Green was taken into custody on a Mahaska County warrant charging him with first-degree burglary and intimidation by dangerous weapon. Green was wanted in connection with a shooting at 308 Second Ave. E., on Nov. 1. Kevin Lawrence was at the scene of the shooting at Elste Hall on the campus of William Penn University earlier that evening.

Oskaloosa Police Chief John “Jake” McGee said there were no indications that the drug arrests and the shootings are connected.

“We have nothing to lead us to believe the two are connected,” McGee said.

He explained when officers questioned Lawrence, he told them that he and his brother, Brandon, were on campus visiting some female friends in the dorm buildings.

Kevin Lawrence and Teemer were charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 10 grams of crack cocaine. They are both being held at the Wapello County Jail, in Ottumwa.

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