Two Ottumwa residents are facing drug charges following a traffic stop last Friday.
According to court documents, a vehicle being driven by 38 year old Kory Joe Derby was pulled over by Ottumwa Police due to the passenger, 40 year old Kenneth Daniel Mcantire, having a valid arrest warrant. Upon making contact with the passenger, the officer claimed to notice a smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search was performed, resulting in the discovery of a bag of marijuana and a bag of methamphetamine on the passenger side floorboard. The incident report claims that Mcantire admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day.
Upon further search of the vehicle, Derby was allegedly found to be in possession of approximately 75 grams of marijuana in multiple bags, along with a digital scale and $859 in cash. The report claims that Derby admitted that the marijuana was his. The report further claims that Derby was found to be in possession of 10 Clonazepam pills, 11 pills of Promethazine Hydrochloride, 4 pills of Valium, and a bag of methamphetamine that was discovered upon being searched by intake officers at the Wapello County Jail.
As a result of the traffic stop and subsequent search, Mcantire was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd Offense (Class D Felony). Derby was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd Offense (Class D Felony), Possession With Intent To Deliver Marijuana (Class D Felony), Possession of Clonazepam (D Class Felony), Possession of Valium (D Class Felony), Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug (Serious Misdemeanor), and two counts of Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp (D Class Felony).
As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.