Police Make Pair Of Arrests In North Liberty Meth Investigation

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa -- North Liberty police have made two arrests in a meth lab investigation from late March.

Officers with the police department and the Johnson County Drug Task Force responded to 95 Golfview Court the evening of March 29 to serve a narcotics search warrant. During their search, police said they found several spent "one pot" style meth labs that produced or had the potential to produce more than five grams of meth. Police said they also located a small amount of meth, drug paraphernalia, precursors and rifle and pistol ammunition in the home.

At the time of the bust, police said charges were pending as the evidence collected was processed. On Tuesday, police took 29-year-old April S. Schmelzer and 29-year-old Derek A. Schmelzer into custody. The Schmelzers reside at 95 Golfview Court, according to police.

Police said April Schmelzer admitted to supplying pseudoephedrine - a component of meth - to Derek Schmelzer that he used to make meth. She also used drugs in the residence, police said. She faces charges of controlled substance violation, a class B felony; and gathering for the use of drugs, a class D felony.

Derek Schmelzer allegedly told police he cooked meth in the residence six to 12 times. He has prior felony convictions on drug-related charges, police said. He faces charges of controlled substance violation, gathering for use of drugs and possession of ammunition as a felon, a class D felony.
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