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Police check on welfare of Fort Dodge man, discover marijuana growing operation


This news story was published on January 30, 2020.
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FORT DODGE – Police checked on the welfare of a Fort Dodge man and discovered a marijuana growing operation.

On Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 at approximately 9:43 P.M. officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department responded to 1428 4th Ave North for a welfare check. It was also discovered that the individual had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Officer were allowed into the above mentioned residence to check on the male and ultimately did not locate anyone inside. In the course of checking the residence, officers observed what appeared to be marijuana plants and equipment used to aid in the manufacturing of marijuana. Officers and investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence regarding those items. During the execution of the search warrant multiple marijuana plants and items used to aid in the manufacturing of marijuana were seized.

A short time later officers and deputies with the Webster County Sheriff’s Office located the male subject in the 600 block of North 15th Street and he was taken into custody on his outstanding arrest warrant for Parole Violation.
As a result of the investigation thus far, 26‐year‐old Eric W. Gambill, Jr. of Fort Dodge, has been arrested on the following charges:

*Failure to Affix Drug Stamp (5 counts) – D Felony

*Intent to Manufacture/Deliver Marijuana Under 50 Kg (5 counts) – D Felony
Gambill made his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Thursday, January 30.

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3 Responses to Police check on welfare of Fort Dodge man, discover marijuana growing operation

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Oh no, not marijuana! The whole thing sounds a little shady to me.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 1, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Marijuana is still illegal in Iowa. I know you have a problem with that word, let me help you.

      il·le·gal
      /i(l)ˈlēɡəl/
      adjective: illegal

      contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

      So,yes marijuana. 5 counts, that’s a bunch.
      Grow up and learn. Don’t play the game if you don’t want the prize.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 3, 2020 at 10:52 am

        I just think adults are sick of le going after something that the majority of adults understand to be fairly harmless. Less destructive than alcohol or tobacco. I think we are all just tired of seeing lives ruined especially the lives of children over something that half the country just doesn’t seem to be concerned with. I believe people are upset that le focus isn’t layering in on actual drugs like the meth that plagues this horrible little state, or the heroin that’s making its way in. Or the fact that you can very clearly identify positively the majority of the time an individual under the influence of meth get we have a thousand tweakers on the streets all day long. I think people are angry because the damage being caused by the products of Pfizer and their ilk are KILLING people get those drug dealers never answer for their crimes. I think people just understand that we have real drugs in the street and real violent criminals in the street and so when people see the police busting someone for something relatively pointless that most adults grow out of anyhow….. well people wonder why. They wonder why some kid with pot will get ten years in prison while some pervert can take a child and get five years probation. They wonder why the drunk driver with 5 offenses just turned the key in front of the bar, they wonder why the meth dealer is still on the street after several arrests, they wonder why two men can stab another man at a blowout store and put him in icu and not get charged for it. They wonder why all the dangerous and violent people are free they wonder why they are free to sell poison in our community. They wonder how anyone can feel ok with a plant getting more attention than cocaine and rape. You must understand that just because it’s a law by no means makes it a good law? It doesn’t promote anyone’s safety, it doesn’t improve the public’s anything. Honestly if Kim Reynolds wasn’t a pos it would be legal and the revenue generated from it could be used to better find law enforcement of better staff them so they had the right guys and equipment to actually go after the pedophiles and the meth and heroin and cocaine dealers and the abusers in the world. wouldn’t it be nice if violent criminals went to and stayed in prison and people with addiction issues went to a facility that was actually capable of providing rehabilitation to them?