Chief Billy Jones of the Richland Center Police Department reports that an investigation conducted by the Richland Center Police Department has culminated in the arrest of a Richland Center man and woman for various drug related charges.
Chief Jones stated that on 3-29-2020, Officers from the Richland Center Police Department, with the assistance of the Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force and the Richland County Special Response Team, executed a Search Warrant at an apartment in the City of Richland Center. During the search of the apartment, heroin, Suboxone, various items of drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of methamphetamine were located. As a result of the subsequent investigation the following people were taken into custody:
Harry J. Hale, 26, and Rebecca L. Dailey, 25, were arrested on the tentative charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Narcotic Drugs, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The case has been forwarded to the Richland County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
The Richland-Iowa-Grant Drug Task Force is a Tri-County combined investigative unit. Locally, members from the Richland Center Police Department and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department are assigned to the Drug Task Force to investigate and combat area drug trafficking and abuse.
Chief Jones stated that highly addictive substances, such as Heroin and Methamphetamine, continues to be a focus of the Drug Task Force as it has continued to be an increasing problem in the area, which has seen an increase in narcotic overdoses, some even resulting in death. Chief Jones added that narcotic and methamphetamine distribution and/or usage has also been shown to be a major contributing factor to numerous other crimes against persons and property.
In addition to the Drug Task Force and Special Response Team, the Richland Center Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Richland County Sherriff’s Department, Richland County EMS, and the Richland County District Attorney’s Office.
Chief Jones would like to remind citizens to report any suspicious activity by notifying law enforcement. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Richland Area Crime Stoppers at 647-2583 and may be eligible for a cash reward.