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Iowa authorities nab East Coast sex offender and enabler on drug charges

Massachusetts couple caught with marijuana growing operation; man is convicted sex offender

NEVADA, IOWA – Iowa authorities nabbed an East Coast sex offender and his female enabler on drug charges this week.

On June 13, 2022, the City of Nevada Police Department arrested Clint Matthew Palmer and Morgan Wickers-Lowell on warrants out of Massachusetts. Palmer was arrested in Sturbridge, MA after a 2020 investigation revealed he was a parole violator out of Oregon as well as a Sex Offender who had failed to register. Wickers-Lowell was arrested the same morning for misleading the investigation in a material way. Both posted bail and fled the jurisdiction together. They had been at-large since their release in 2020.

The Sturbridge Police Department received information from the City of Nevada Police Department which indicated Palmer and Wickers-Lowell might be residing in their jurisdiction. Palmer had not registered as a Sex Offender in Iowa. Over the next two weeks, the Sturbridge Police Department worked directly with the City of Nevada Police Department towards getting both parties in custody.

Once it was evident Palmer and Wickers-Lowell were still together and continuing to evade capture, the Sturbridge Police Department asked the Office of the Worcester County District Attorney for nationwide pickup on the couple’s arrest warrants. The warrants were then entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The Sturbridge Police Department also provided intelligence from our investigation and stayed in contact with the City of Nevada Police Department as their investigation unfolded. At the same time, the City of Nevada Police Department was applying for an arrest warrant of their own for Palmer for failure to register as a sex offender.

Wickers-Lowell was taken into custody without incident by the City of Nevada Police Department. Later in the morning, City of Nevada Police Officers along with the Story County Drug Task Force and the Story County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the apartment Palmer and Wickers-Lowell were staying in. Palmer was arrested inside of the apartment without incident. During Palmer’s arrest, officers observed a marijuana growing operation.

As a result of the investigation, Palmer and Wickers-Lowell are currently both being held without bond in Iowa. They are both facing charges as outlined below:

Possession with Intent to Deliver, Felony
Possession of Marijuana Manufacture, Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance, Serious Misdemeanor
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simple Misdemeanor
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender 2nd, Felony
Failure to affix Drug Stamp X8, Felony
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, Felony (Massachusetts Warrant)
Obstruction of Prosecution, Felony (Massachusetts Warrant)

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