LS is base for drug bust

Twelve vehicles, including at least eight state troopers, one tactical team van and Cresco Police Department members, met at the Lime Springs Community Center before and after a drug bust in Cresco on April 26.

Twelve vehicles, including at least eight state troopers, one tactical team van and Cresco Police Department members, met at the Lime Springs Community Center before and after a drug bust in Cresco on April 26.

The Lime Springs Community Center was command central for a drug bust on Friday, April 26. Officers met in the rural Howard County town before issuing a search warrant at 701 S. Elm St., Lot 3 in Cresco. Three individuals living at the residence were apprehended after the 6:00 a.m. bust. Arrested were:

• Elizabeth M. Kruse was charged with possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine; gathering where drugs are used; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $5,000 cash. As of Monday, April 29, she had made bond.

• Linus Ortiz was charged with possession of a controlled substance—methamphetamine; gathering where drugs are used; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of precursor—anhydrous; and unlawful possession of prescription drugs. His bond was set at $10,000. As of April 29, Ortiz had yet to make bail.

• Amanda Lee Stage was charged with neglect and abandonment of a dependent person; gathering where drugs are used; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of precursor—anhydrous; and unlawful possession of prescription drugs. Her bond was set at $10,000. As of April 29, Stage had yet to make bail.

The Cresco Police Department executed the search warrant with help from the Iowa State Patrol tactical team. During the raid, police found illegal drugs, prescription medication, scales, glass drug pipes and a container that tested positive for methamphetamine.

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