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(Ottumwa)— A year long investigation by the Southeast Iowa Inter-agency Drug Task Force has resulted in the arrested of three men from Ottumwa and one person from Newton.

Sgt. Jason Bell from the Ottumwa Police Department says during the course of a year long investigation officers conducted over 20 controlled purchases of methamphetamine from numerous offenders.

On June 15th, officers seized almost 33 pounds of meth as a result of the investigation.

On June 19th officers executed federal search warrant at the homes of Terry Young of 122 North James, Michael McManus of 328 Tacoma and Brian Carmer of Newton.

As a result of the investigation McManus, Young, Carmer and Juan Hernandez Huerta were arrested and charged in U.S. District Court with Conspiracy to Distribute more than 500 grams of Methamphetamine.

Involved in the investigation were the Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Iowa Department of Public Safety Division of Intelligence, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration,  the Ottumwa Police Department and the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force.

Sgt. Bell says an investigation continues and numerous arrests are still pending.

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