Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Jesse Partlow

A 21-year-old Spencer man is in jail following a traffic stop and subsequent drug arrest Friday evening.

Jesse Partlow was stopped by a Clay County deputy for a traffic violation at 11:16 p.m., in the 2500 mile of 420th Street. Upon investigation, he allegedly admitted to possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office reported the search uncovered 45.9 grams of marijuana packaged in several baggies, in addition to packaging material, a digital scale, drug paraphernalia and a pill believed to be ecstasy.

A 17-year-old Spencer female, a 15-year-old Spencer female and a 15-year-old Sioux Rapids male were reportedly found to have been using marijuana prior to the stop. The three were arrested and, upon search of the vehicle, an additional small quantity of marijuana was located.

Partlow was charged with distribution of marijuana to a person under age 18, a class B felony; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a class D felony; tax stamp violation, a class D felony; possession of ecstasy, a serious misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

The 17-year-old was cited into juvenile court for a serious misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and simple misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and underage tobacco possession. She was released to the custody of her parents.

The two 15-year-old juveniles were also cited into juvenile court for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were also released to the custody of their parents.

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  • 45.9 grams....thats a bunch!!!

    -- Posted by olmanhawk on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 4:26 PM
  • A little over 1 and a half ounces, enough to be tossed out by the judge in many states. One ounce could be like a couple cases of beer. Definately enough to generate a fair sized party. Worth going to jail over....Not.

    -- Posted by A. View Point on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 11:38 AM
  • Jeepers... from the story I pictured a whole lot more than one and a half ounce!! Like the several baggies packed away in the trunk. Perhaps not much is needed.

    -- Posted by windchimes3 on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 5:31 PM
  • What a waste of time. In California he would get a fine. Arresting someone just to make news is not what the public needs. They want the vandalism stopped and the Meth problems to be solved Not someone who smokes a joint or three.... look at Mexico...

    -- Posted by iceman152 on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 1:55 AM
  • I'm a ... ahem... middle-aged grandmother, and when I was in my teens and even in my twenties I smoked a joint or two. To put this kid's picture in the paper and to charge him with a felony is ridiculous. Was it a slow news day? And this charge will stay on his record for the rest of his life.

    -- Posted by DHarris on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 7:29 AM
  • They probably charged him with a felony knowing it will be reduced.

    -- Posted by iowafan11 on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 9:40 AM
  • If it were my 15 year old daughter, i would be ****** off! He is 21! What makes pot so harmless? Ive smoked it and no harm came to me. Is that what makes so many people think its ok? Dont give me that line that "its natural and the earth gave it to us". So is cyanide, so is tobacco. So answer that question please. And dont bring up other drugs like alcohol.

    -- Posted by brian48 on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 1:52 PM
  • Lets not forget that he also had packaging material, baggies, a digital scale and paraphernalia. He also had a pill believed to be ecstasy. This was obviously not personal use. Its illegal until its legal.

    -- Posted by olmanhawk on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 6:22 AM
  • First of all, you can't possibly discuss one drug without comparing it to other substances so I won't even try. But to compare it to cyanide makes even less sense. Cyanide does not just sprout of its own volition. It is created by a process of man's devising and everyone knows better than to load up on the stuff.... Note; Potassium Cyanide is created when Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is treated with potassium hydroxide (KOH)... You can't just go pick some.

    Marijuana will give a euphoric sensation that lasts for a brief period, weather you chew it smoke it or make a tea from it, so it is just plain natural, plain and simple. Tobacco will give you a brief sensation too, but then it will give you cancer and is addictive, extremely addictive.

    I suspect that the two younger people were together, for what ever difference that makes. Kids can get into trouble with people of any age.

    The point of all this is that something natural has been made criminal. People's lives are being ruined over a thing that has no known side effects and is considered a very tame 'high' compared to all other illegal drugs. The idea of pot being a gateway drug is very mistaken; beer is the real gateway drug. Beer is in almost every home, it is very cheep, and easily consumed. Beer is what almost all the kids start out on. Growing a little marijuana, for what ever reason, even low THC rope quality plants should not land one in prison. Farmers were encouraged to help the war effort by growing this crop and it didn't ruin lives then either. What ruins lives in respect to marijuana is when we confiscate property, force family members into foster care and put people in prison for possession of what has become a medicinal substance in numerous locations. The reason pot is illegal is because some ignorant old men in government who had never used the plant got scared to death over highly trumped up reports that it would destroy the youth. Well the laws didn't work; we just succeeded in making this stuff even more elusive to our youth. The most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it.

    -- Posted by A. View Point on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 12:33 PM
  • View Point, after reading your response, i would have to say your right.

    -- Posted by brian48 on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 3:05 AM
  • I guess I am old fashioned. If something is against the law, someone should get in trouble for using and what appears to be selling an illegal drug. Do I think the law should be changed, you bet I do! But until that time comes I will follow the law and expect all else to do so. I don't think I want my teenage child deciding which laws are worth following and which ones are not.

    -- Posted by smalltowntots on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 10:05 PM
  • View Point....nicely put!!!!

    Smalltown....i can gaurantee that you have and still break some laws. wether you realize it or not, I bet you do. some laws are just made cuss they (law makers) are out of control. thinking for ones self is a smart thing to teach. teaching them to stay inside of the lines, makes one go crazy. if you teach them to stay in line, but know when enough is enough, can make you a better person and not so stressed!!! i also gaurantee that if your kids are old enough, they don't follow every law to the t either.

    -- Posted by acerdj on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 5:44 AM
  • I guess as a parent I would like to think if I felt strongly enough about something I would work within the confines of the govt to get a law changed instead of telling my kids it's a dumb law that doesn't need to be followed......especially when the ramifications can follow them for a lifetime. I know I have broken laws before....I deserve the fine. I just disagree that it's ok to teach our children it's ok to break laws. I don't believe it is. If I break a law I deserve a fine. I know they will make Bad choices at times.....won't be because I taught them it was ok.

    -- Posted by smalltowntots on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:07 PM
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