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Accused drug dealer makes plea deal with prosecution

This news story was published on July 19, 2012.
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MASON CITY – Accused Mason City drug dealer Timothy Lee Rucker, age 37, entered voluntary negotiated pleas of guilty to three drug charges brought against him by the North Iowa Drug Task Force following an investigation into drug dealing activities by Rucker.

As part of the agreement between Rucker’s lawyer and local prosecution, Rucker pled guilty to two class C felony counts of delivery of methamphetamine with 1,000 feet of a school, and one class C felony count of possession with intent to deliver MDMA (Ecstasy).

In exchange for pleading guilty the prosecution will not pursue additional counts brought on by the North Iowa Drug Task Force. Those counts being dismissed are listed in the online court record as:

One class C felony count of delivery of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.

One class C felony count of delivery of cocaine within 1,000 feet of school.

One class C felony count of delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of school.

One serious misdemeanor count of possession of crack cocaine.

One serious misdemeanor count of possession of cocaine.

One serious misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

The charges followed controlled buys of meth, crack cocaine, and cocaine from Rucker on July 28th, 29th 2010 followed by two buys on August 10th and a single buy on August 26th . All the buys are alleged to of occurred within 1,000 feet of a school. On August 31st Rucker is accused of having possession of MDMA with intent to deliver along with possession of crack cocaine, cocaine, and marijuana.

Rucker is currently out on bond after North Iowa Bonding posted a $10,000 bond on his behalf hours after an arrest in the early morning hours of July 5th for driving while suspended, speeding and a warrant for violation of his pre-trial release.

Before the driving arrest Rucker had been out on pre-trial release nearly a year awaiting court under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Correctional Services following an order by District Court Judge Colleen D. Weiland to drop a $62,000 cash or surety bond requirement originally set by Magistrate Rolf Aronsen after Rucker spent several days on the run from local law enforcement.

Sentencing for the three class C felony counts Timothy Rucker pled guilty to on Monday, July 16th, has been scheduled for August 27th at 11am in Cerro Gordo County District Court.


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25 Responses to Accused drug dealer makes plea deal with prosecution

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 1, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    thats my dad… stop insulting him

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Really….what in the heck is wrong with this system?? out on 10K…big deal….who posted it? another drug dealer….wheres the next deal….to our youth??? wake up!!!

  3. Matt Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Damn north end

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    cut his hands and head off….

    • Druggie Abuser Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      PLEASE. You should move to the Middle East where that kind of unacceptable inhumane punishment is still used. Our country is better than that and quit saying psychopathic stuff that makes the rest of us want to sic the cops on you!

  5. iknewit Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I understand that everyone is up set by this out come. I feel no is really grasping the facts here. This gentleman is now facing at least 30 years in prison. The poss. charges are simple slaps on the wrist. I have no answers as to why they drop three felonies that would have added aanother 15 years. I feel they did just ok. Cuz at a trial who knows what would happen. This way he is sure to spend at least 25 to 30 years. What I’m upset about is he was bonded out. Thats the b.s. part.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      If you look the case up online they just did a search to see if he had any deferred judgments. Since his excessive criminal pass is in California and Illinois they don’t count. You watch he is getting probation and suspended prison sentences.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    This is beyond stupid. This pos should be rotting in jail and not walking around town. Maybe we should move all this dirt bags into judges neighborhood and see how much she’ll like her decisions then.

    • irie rucksta Reply Report comment

      December 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      well i personally know this man he is not a drug dealer he was just a fool in love covering for someone and he had no record in california or chicago i checked he was released becaue he has work since he was fourteen and actually has a education and the judge seen right through the mason city bullcrap and gave a good man a second chance

  7. Druggie Abuser Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Does anyone know if Judge Weiland is appointed or voted on? If she is not voted on, how can we get her out of office? To whom can we complain? She is a piece of work who needs to be replaced. I’m very worried this doper will run before his sentencing date.

    I’m also upset that he was allowed to sell drugs by a school for 30 days, but it probably took that long to get ALL the evidence on ALL FOUR types of drugs he was selling, only to have the yahoos bargain away most of the charges. They should only file Federal charges in these cases because local LEOs bargain everything away. It’s just plain frustrating to have our drug force put that much hard work into a case and then have most of it tossed away.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Maybe the Attorney General’s office could be of assistance. Or a phone call to the governor.
      Someone has to oversee the judges.
      I personally think that the Attorney General AND the governor need to know what’s going on in Mason City and how bad it’s gotten.

      • ANONYMOUS Reply Report comment

        July 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

        I have a feeling this unfortunately goes on in most counties.

    • UStoleMyName Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      Don’t put any of these bargains on LEO’s. All they did was arrest him and charge him. It’s the justice system, the judges and DA and attorneys that makes these plea deals. People have got to stop blaming the law enforcement officers for the court system’s short comings. You wanna be pissed off at someone, tell the judge to stop being a pussy and throw the book at these filthy crooks!

  8. Kunstler's Ghost Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    The task force apparently made several controlled buys within 30 days. If true, then wasn’t the task force essentially complicit in the trafficking of illegal drugs near a school for a month? Instead of the personal invective against the county attorney’s office and the judicial system, why not question why law enforcement allowed this to occur for four weeks?

    • HUH??? Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Think outside the box

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        July 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Did you happen to notice they did it during the summer, you know when school is out. Perhaps they wanted these charges to stick and didn’t realize the DA would make deals with the lowest of the low. Is their any criminals he is not willing to play lets make a deal. I bet ol Jameel Leslie is wishing he took that 2nd degree murder offer from the DA now huh. You watch the DA is so bold he will attempt to plea bargain the next two murder cases. While he may feel safe running unopposed for office each time. Just wait til the judges figure out they our not getting the retention votes needed to get all the state benefits. They will not be so blindly signing off on what ever the DA recommends soon.

  9. David Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Tuesday night I went to the city council meeting. I noticed that everybody had papers with the meetings agenda on it and they were supposed to stick to the agenda . It was my first time attending the meeting so I didn’t know what we going on so I just sat back and watched but absolutely nothing was brought up about the crime on the north end or the dealers being let lose. If people are upset about what’s going on why don’t they say something.

    • Carlos the Goat Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      The mayor has dumbed the meetings down to nothingness. There is no public interest, a lot of people dont even know when they are held. The mayor loves the meetings this way, no controversies that could affect his run for governor.

  10. MrsS Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I agree that everyone who has anything to do with this should be fired. How can we have faith in the system when crap like this happens? Ugh.

  11. ok Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Maybe the judge did us a favor and saved us some money by letting him lose so we can take him out ourselves.

  12. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    It shouldn’t surprise you that a criminal is running free and JUDGE WEILAND was the appointed judge. She’s a horrible judge, and will let males off of charges without even considering the seriousness of the charge. VOTE WEILAND OUT!!!!

    • Observer Reply Report comment

      July 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      She was one of four judges handling the case. What did the defense attorney say in the filing for a hearing? What evidence was presented to her at the hearing concerning bond? What was in the record from DCS?

      The answers to the questions above is, we don’t know that. Unless of course you were in the court room, and read all the documents presented. Something I highly doubt.

      Courts are not places of cut and dry business. The results of a court case are dependant on the inputs. Evidence, statements, legal filings. And there are laws governing all of them.

      For example, when a lawyer applies for a hearing in a case, he outlines his reasoning’s for such a hearing. The Prosecutor can respond if they protest it. But such a request is not made based on feelings. It is strictly decided by law, to which any competent lawyer will have researched. And chances are, for every law and precedent cited in such an application, he may have a few more he could add to it. One’s I might add, the Prosecutor might not be prepared for.

      We complain, loudly I might add, when the law goes against us. But we hardly blink an eye when it goes in our favor.

  13. LVS Reply Report comment

    July 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

    WTF is going on here?? They get the goods on this bad guy and then allow him to plea deal What B.S. He should be locked up for the rest of his life. How many chances do we give a creep like this. The county prosecuter’s should be fired and the judges fire.

    • Notsayinmynameonline Reply Report comment

      May 8, 2015 at 1:01 am

      I think you should watch your comments. Tim’s daughter (my best friend) reads this and it doesn’t help her that you are saying this about her dad… Even if she hasn’t seen him in 7 years she still loves him and you should just consider that people who are offended by your comments can read this. Pls just let the guy have a second chance he can change. And I see people doing way way worse than what he did down the street everyday. He’s from humboldt what do you expect?!

      • Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

        May 8, 2015 at 7:26 am

        “I think you should watch your comments.” With any luck, someone will get back to you with an answer in 3 years or so.