SLPD drug sweep leads to 18 arrests

Pictured from Left to Right:

Kevin Yang, Jose Martinez-Lozano, Amber Apolito, Adam Taylor

Also pictured is a amount of marijuana seized during the raids.

Storm Lake Police report that 18 arrests have been made in connection with a series of drug-related investigations in Storm Lake that have spanned over nine months.

The investigation involved the alleged manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine, the sale of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana and the use of heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription pills.

Early Friday morning Storm Lake Police launched Operation “Winter Wrap Up” which continued through the weekend involving search warrants and arrests in Storm Lake and in a variety of other jurisdictions where people were wanted by the Storm Lake Police Department.

Suspects were located and arrested on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As part of the enforcement operation, Storm Lake Police on Friday, Jan. 3 at 11:30 a.m. executed a search warrant at a residence at 1010 West Fifth St.

Police say they located and seized two and a half pounds of marijuana packaged for street sales, a value of $12,500, packaging material and other items used in the sale of illegal drugs.

Police also seized cash, drug paraphernalia and a vehicle used in the transportation of the illegal drugs.

At the West Fifth Street address police arrested Kevin Yang, 20, and Doun Yang, 22, both of Storm Lake.

Both men were charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

Both men were booked on a $5,000 cash bond each.

At noon Friday police executed a search warrant at 708 West Seventh St. after detecting an odor of marijuana in the residence while looking for a wanted person.

Police located and seized at the West Seventh Street address additional drug paraphernalia.

Police arrested at the West Seventh Street address Albernard Clinton Jr., 20, of Storm Lake, who was wanted on a warrant charging him with possession of marijuana. He was booked on a $1,000 bond.

Police further arrested Josue Garcia, 21, of Storm Lake and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia and he was booked on a $300 bond.

The following people were also arrested throughout the weekend in connection with Operation “Winter Wrap Up.”

Raul Martinez-Lozano, 35, of Storm Lake was charged with three counts of delivery of cocaine and ongoing criminal conduct.

He was booked into the county jail on a $50,000 bond and a hold by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Macdonald Hoskins, 31, of Storm Lake was charged with possession of heroin, possession of methadone and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hoskins was booked on a $5,000 bond.

Edward Fowler, 31, of Storm Lake was charged with possession of marijuana and booked on a $2,000 bond.

Bouasone Sihachak, 35, of Storm Lake was charged with possession of marijuana and booked on a $2,000 bond.

The following people were all charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of pseudoephedrine.

All were arrested and booked into the county jail on a $100,000 cash bond each.

         • Heidi Sippel, 38, of Galva.

         • Bryan Brock, 32 of Schaller.

         • Mindy Baughman, 28, of Fort Dodge.

         • Taylor Maschino, 32, of Fort Dodge.

         • Shane Schimmer, 39, of Ida Grove.

         • Dennis Franzmeier, 54, of Newell.

Casey Beckman, 35, of Odebolt was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug pseudoephedrine.

Beckman was booked on a $50,000 bond.

Adam Taylor, 26, of Schaller was charged with conspiracy to deliver psilocybin mushrooms and booked on a $50,000 bond.

Amber Apolito, 23, of Alta was charged with delivery of psilocybin mushrooms and booked on a $50,000 bond.

Stephen Campbell, 40, of Odebolt was charged with conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine.

He served the warrant while being held in the Woodbury County Jail on unrelated charges where he remains held on a $100,000 bond.

Additional arrests are possible, police said.