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Men stopped by deputy while walking on Interstate plead guilty to drug crimes

MASON CITY – Two men who were stopped while walking along Interstate 35 earlier this month have both pleaded guilty to drug crimes.

A Cerro Gordo deputy was dispatched on the morning of October 8 to the area of mile marker 190 on Interstate 35 to check on two subjects walking on the shoulder of the roadway. The deputy made contact with the two individuals and after an investigation, discovered that 21-year-old Taylor John Wonsmos of Lake Mills was in possession of drug paraphernalia. His companion, 24-year-old Andrew James Osborne of Overland, Kansas, was in possession of illegal prescription drugs.

Both men were arrested, taken to jail, and held on cash bond before being released and later taking plea deals.

Osborne pled guilty to possession or control of mislabeled articles and was sentenced to 21 days in jail and ordered to pay $313.75 in fines and court fees.

Wonsmos pled guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and ordered to pay $330.00 in fines and court fees.

Wonsmos, Taylor John PLED GUILTY
Wonsmos, Taylor John
PLED GUILTY
Osborne, Andrew James PLED GUILTY
Osborne, Andrew James
PLED GUILTY

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I’m sorry, but this is wrong on so many levels. They were walking on the shoulder of I-35. If that’s illegal, so be it. But tell them to move on, or give them a ride to the nearest town. Why search them? Do you even have that right without a warrant?

Please, I have the utmost respect for our law enforcement officers, but don’t make life even worse for the down-on-their-luck or homeless people.

If they’re breaking the law, that’s one thing. But if they’re just poor, help them.

I THINK THIS GOES UNDER “SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY” WHEN YOU ARE WALKING DOWN I-35 W/O A POSSIBLE CAR BREAK DOWN ANYWHERE?? IT IS JUST PLAIN DANGEROUS TO WALK DOWN ANY HIGHWAY LET ALONE I-35 FOR THE WALKER AND A DRIVERS…HAVE YOU EVER BLOWING A STEER TIRE ON A SEMI…JUST SAYING…

@JMO-you really need to get out more. Don’t you think the officer’s are trained in how to talk to suspects to get them to incriminate themselves? They are not the sharpest tools in the shed you know. Their brains are fried from illegal drugs. Also, it is illegal to walk on the interstate which gives the police probable cause. Hell, they can pull you over for a license plate light being out. Why wouldn’t you think they can’t check you out when you are breaking a law?

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