UPDATE: Police arrest Dubuque man wanted in connection to meth ring

Published: May. 10, 2016 at 3:52 PM CDT
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UPDATE: Dubuque Police said they have arrested the man the FBI wanted in connection to a methamphetamine raid.

Police said they arrested Dennis (D.J.) Sharkey II around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at his home on Pinard Street. Officers took him to the Dubuque County jail where he was later turned over to federal authorities.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still searching for one Dubuque man in connection to a methamphetamine raid carried out

Dennis Sharkey II is wanted on a federal arrest warrant. Officers say he’s approximately 50 years old and his last known residence was 2815 ½ Pinard Street in Dubuque.

“From what we can tell, he’s about 5’ 8”, weighs around 200 pounds, is balding with gray hair, and is possibly wearing disguises to conceal his identity,” said Ed Williams, investigator with the Dubuque Drug Task Force. “We have no real indication of where he is at this point, but if anyone is assisting him in evading capture, they could be responsible for federal charges as well.”

Officers arrested nine other people in connection with Operation Ice Pirates and served 29 search warrants on Thursday, May 5, with the help of about 250 local, state, and federal officers, including nine SWAT teams.

Officers seized more than six pounds of meth, valued at $272,880, and dismantled five meth labs in Dubuque.

“The actual seizure themselves, while they’re large, the biggest dent we’re making is in the people we’re taking off the street,” said “This organization is responsible for a large amount of the meth coming into Iowa, so taking them off the streets really curbs the supply.”

FBI Special Agent Randall Thysse agreed.

“Nationally, very little methamphetamine is manufactured in the US, most is manufactured outside,” Thysse said.

Thysse added seizures made during Operation Ice Pirates included both locally produced and imported meth.