MASON CITY – A traffic stop Thursday night in Mason City led a hotel raid and then to drug and weapon arrests.
On October 19, 2017, Deputies with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriffs Office, along
with assistance from other agencies, conducted a narcotics investigation in Mason City. During the investigation, two separate traffic stops were made at the intersection of 4th Street SW and South Pierce Avenue and a search warrant was executed. During the first stop, at about 9:41pm, Eric Thomas Hart, 28, of Mason City was arrested for no driver’s license (simple misdemeanor), possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine over 5 grams (class B felony), possession of
drug paraphernalia (simple misdemeanor), and fail to affix a tax stamp (class D felony).
The second traffic stop in the investigation occurred at about 10:16pm. The driver of the vehicle, Dakota Lee Sanders, 30, of San Andreas, California, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphatamine over 5 grams (class B felony), possession with intent to deliver marijuana (class D Felony), 2 counts of fail to affix a tax stamp (2 class D Felonies), and no driver’s license.
A search warrant was also executed at the Days Inn, 2301 4th Street SW. During the search warrant, Christopher Funk, 57, of San Andreas, California was arrested. Funk was charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine over 5 grams (class B felony), possession with intent to deliver marijuana (class D felony), 2 counts of fail to affix a tax stamp (2 class D felonies), and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon (class D felony).
All three subjects were transported to the Cerro Gordo County jail and are being held without bond until seen by a Magistrate Judge. As a result of the investigation, multiple pounds of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana were located, along with one firearm.
The case is ongoing and further charges or arrests are possible.
Cerro Gordo County Deputies were assisted by the Mason City Police Department, North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force Investigators and SOG (Special Operations Group), Franklin County Sheriffs Office, and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement.