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Local drug dealer gets off with probation for dealing in school zone



This news story was published on August 28, 2012.
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MASON CITY – A now-convicted local drug dealer will serve no jail time after District Court Judge Colleen D. Weiland sentenced Mason City drug dealer Timothy Lee Rucker for 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).

At the scheduled sentencing hearing on Tuesday, August 27th, Judge Weiland sentenced Rucker to three 10 year suspended prison sentences, one for each charge. Instead of prison Rucker was ordered to serve 3 to 5 years on probation with the Iowa Department of Corrections. Weiland imposed one $1,000 civil penalty before suspending two other $1,000 civil penalties. Rucker must also repay the public defender’s office for representation, court cost, and surcharges in the amount of $2,858.90.

Rucker had entered negotiated voluntary pleas of guilty to the three charges on July 16th, 2012.

Judge Weiland also approved the dismissal of 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 and 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 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.

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34 Responses to Local drug dealer gets off with probation for dealing in school zone

  1. Mark Reply Report comment

    January 15, 2013 at 1:24 am

    God will get him

  2. Mark Reply Report comment

    January 15, 2013 at 1:14 am

    God said he don’t like snitching. To gain!!!!!! So good luck for what u did around all his kids dummy!!!!!! “Lol”!!!!!!! Your a snitch???? I don’t get it!????

  3. So Lost Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Anonymous,
    are people who read NIT the only one’s concerned about these drugs and the crime that’s going on or is everyone have their eyes CLOSED….
    Answer: NO! We are very busy looking at where our art collection should be displayed!?!

  4. So Lost Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    NEW TITLE; If one snitches, we’ll forget cause both parties acknowledged lies and a paper was signed so this law is not valid.
    delivery of; with 1,000 feet of a school a sentence is doubled.

  5. So Lost Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    North Iowa Drug Task Force and MCPD are trying to “make a deal” before the bust is even over, trying to get a bigger fish. What doesn’t happen is getting the bigger fish, because of knowing what and how to say shit that wants to be heard. All this happened in 2010 and after. So this thing above pretty much promised something; and to this date Shit Sitty has done nothing but go to the state everyone is bitching about. Tell of one significant; the MCPD has brought down but the locals. Most have “relocated” south and are still back and forth for visits. Stipulations are put in writing before any sentencing ever happens. I really can’t believe you all just want to point a finger at a judge. WAKE THE HELL UP!

  6. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Mr Rucker should go buy a lottery ticket now too. He has to be the luckiest man in Iowa.

    • Michael Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      HE’S ROLLING ON ANYONE HE KNOWS. SEEMS TO BE THE TREND IN MASON CITY. SNITCH PUNK BITCH IS WHAT HE IS NOW!!!!!!

  7. mojo Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    To get his deal this guy probably rolled over on his supplier

  8. Globe Cover Up Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Notice how the Globe doesn’t mention this sentencing. Might hurt the cities image they try to project for the high ups.

  9. LLC Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I believe the judge can be an investigation on judges…. plus impeachment …I believe it by contacting our congress man or senate… it’s worth a try ….I believe it is article 1 of the constitution…

  10. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    This has become a very important problem in Mason City …are people who read NIT the only one’s concerned about these drugs and the crime that’s going on or is everyone have their eyes CLOSED….

  11. PepperAnn Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    What is her address and phone number? The dealers have it why not us?

  12. DaBearz Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Lets take this piece of s*** dirtbag for a long slow walk across the lawn of the property located on 123 N. Tennessee Ave. Maybe even back and forth a few times just to get the owners undivided attention.

  13. Katie Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    My sympathies to the North Iowa Drug Task Force. Why the heck should they ever bother to try to take down another dealer in River City when the charges get dismissed? You can bet there was no lack of evidence. From now on, I bet they only take down druggies when they can charge them with federal crimes that won’t get put before this crappy judge only to get bargained away or dismissed. There’s trouble in River City and it starts with a C!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      It’s a game. The cops are doing their job, and the prosecutors / judges are doing theirs. Keep catching them and make deals to get the bigger fish. Who cares if this POS sits in jail, or not. Someone will be next in line to take his place. If his info turns out bad, he sits in jail so he’s going to talk. At least his dealing days in this area are over. Who’s going to supply him with drugs to sell after he’s been busted and spent so much time with the cops. The Welfare check he recieves will cost the taxpayers less than keeping this trash in jail.

      • Katie Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        I have no confidence that this district judge knows how to play the game correctly. Have there been any big fish caught as a result of this guy’s arrest a couple years ago? I sure hope they didn’t bargain him down without an arrest somewhere. It seems to me that should have been able to take out a whole network in exchange for what this guy got pleaded away.

  14. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Wow Judge Weiland over and over

  15. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Are you SERIOUS!!!!! Maybe someone needs to take this in their own hands!!! Maybe a “Deal Gone Bad” to make him realize there are REAL consequences!! Obviously the judge has no idea of consequences.

  16. arthur Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    what the hell is going on when someone can make a deal to not go to jail. sometimes things here in mason city are backwards .people who deal drugs of any kind need to be in jail for a very long time .there is no reason at all to cut deals with them even if they can help bring down others who do the same, they still need to serve time just for the act alone. everyone says that they want to clean up mason city but then we let things like this happen it time to stand up and really do somethings about all the drugs and act of violence if you do it pay the price and go to jail.stop the craziness now.

  17. danydon Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 10:47 am

    LETS MAKE A DEAL!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Stinkfist Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 9:00 am

    So the next time someone wants to bash the MC police Dept. think how good a job you would do if you caught pcs of shit like this and the judge let them back out with probation on a regular basis. Sure its a guarantee he snitched but to this extent??? We shall see if who he snitched on was worth letting the shitbag off soon.

  19. easy Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Sounds to me the Judge is involved in the drugs. Of course I wouldn’t say it is just her as I have seen it in other counties where they let them off. Where is our protection. Maybe they should just have them stand in the lunch line and distribute their drugs to make it easier.

  20. Linda Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I wonder if Judge Weiland will ever read this and offer some type of half assed explanation on her logic in giving this man suspended sentences. This crap is going to continue in Mason City until this Judge wises up and starts to do her job properly. How do we get rid of a judge???

    • Guest Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Judges are subject to Retention Elections. In November, the two District Court judges up for retention are Davenport & Drew. Pay attention to the ‘back page’ on your ballot and look fore the Judge retention question(s) – and when Weiland’s name is there, Vote “NO” – if a majority of voters do that, she’s gone. That’s how to get rid of her.

      • Update Reply Report comment

        August 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

        So, Weiland’s name will be there this coming Fall? I want to make sure I don’t miss out on casting my vote to GET RID OF WEILAND!!!!!!!

  21. Alex Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Judge Weiland? I think we know who to vote out as judge next time. She should be banned from the bench! Was she a career criminal turned judge or what is the reasoning for letting these dirtbags walk the city? No wonder the police don’t wanna arrest dopers, there’s no point, they just walk anyway. SMDH.

  22. hes singing like a bird Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    theres no possible way he didnt tell everything he knows. he was in there singing like a bird. lets see how many people paper work he ends up in. if u cant do the time dont do the crime.SNITCH

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      I rather have him be a snitch and they get the bigger drug dealers, then we don’t have to worry about these small time drug dealers. Yea he got a slap on the hand but if the Feds and the local police can get the bigger fish then who will they be able to get drugs from and with this on here he won’t be able to buy any drugs around here!!!!

  23. LVS Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Who says crime doesn’t pay. What a farce. Why even have laws if they are not going to be enforced. Maybe the judge is sleeping with him or something. All of this happened close to schools. What do you think he was doing there. Now this guy will just disappear laughing all the way.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

      And we wonder why there are so many drugs in our schools? With a sentence like this, doesn’t it just invite other drug dealers closer to our children?

  24. Give up Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Better let the Feds in on the busts mandatory sentencing !

  25. John Bunnell Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 7:52 am

    This guy gets nothing, I guy I know gets life, sounds about right to me… Oh how times have changed, even with all the drug awareness.

  26. wow Reply Report comment

    August 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Is it just me or is this just a “Slap In The Arresting Officers Faces”!!

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Wow, just a slap on the wrist, doesn’t even seem like the waste of time or cost involved in the arrest. Why even bother?