Six charged following drug-related searches

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
David Specketer

Investigation could result in additional arrests

Beginning Friday, continuing into the early morning hours of Saturday, Clay County Sheriff's deputies, in a joint effort with the Buena Vista County Sheriff's deputies and Storm Lake Police Department officers, executed search warrants and made multiple arrests, directly associated with an on-going investigation into the alleged manufacture of methamphetamine, which occurred in both counties.

Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow suggested the ongoing investigation is expected to generate additional arrests and charges.

Ruby Cowen

"This case showed excellent cooperation between multiple law enforcement agencies and is an example of the effectiveness derived when agencies pool their knowledge and resources," Clay County Sheriff Randy Krukow said.

Arrested as a result of evidence collected from the warrants: David Specketer, 44, of rural Alta; Ruby Cowen, 51, of Storm Lake; Heather Hyde, 29, of Peterson; Jesse Ingersen, 31, of Linn Grove; Tom Henderson, 49, of Storm Lake; and Tommy Lynn Hartfield 40, of Peterson.

Jesse Ingersen

These arrests come on the heels of an Oct. 10 bust of two women from Storm Lake and Cherokee who had allegedly attempted to deal crystal meth to undercover police informants.

Meth cases have been rare locally in recent years.

"I would not say that these arrests signal any kind of trend that meth is making a comeback. It's more a matter of ebb and flow; what we have here is a pocket that has come up," Buena Vista County Sheriff's Major Doug Simons said. "You run into it once in a while, you deal with it and you move on."

Tom Henderson

According to Simons, tougher laws controlling purchase of pharmaceuticals that can be used in the making of the drug have crippled the meth trade. "Those laws continue to do a wonderful job. They've cut into the amount of meth we see on the streets -- and I mean dramatically."

Not only does the use of the drug take a horrifying physical toll on its addicts, the chemical production of meth is extremely dangerous, Simons said. "You are talking about substances that are very toxic that can easily do permanent damage to a person. When a lab or remnants of a lab are found, extreme care must be taken to safely dispose of it."

Heather Hyde

Based on information provided by law enforcement, officials received information indicating that Specketer and Cowen were traveling in a vehicle with precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. A Buena Vista County deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Highway 71 south of Storm Lake and was assisted by Storm Lake Police. After making contact with Specketer, drug paraphernalia and a quantity of methamphetamine were found on Specketer.

As part of the joint investigation, search warrants were obtained for Specketer's vehicle, his residence at 6227 20th Ave. in Alta, and 621A W. Ninth St. in Storm Lake.

Tommy Lynn Hartfield

Further investigation led officials to determine persons at 410 Broadway St. in Linn Grove and 917 Erie St. in Storm Lake were also involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and search warrants were obtained for those two locations as well.

The five search warrants were carried out during the late evening hours Friday and early morning hours Saturday.

Results of the searches include:

- Methamphetamine precursors and three firearms at Specketer's Alta address, 6227 20th Ave. As a convicted felon, Specketer is not allowed to possess a firearm legally.

- At 410 Broadway in Linn Grove, methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine precursors were discovered.

- The Storm Lake address, at 621A W. Ninth St., yielded drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine precursors.

- Also in Storm Lake, at 917 Erie St., deputies located and seized a partial methamphetamine lab, precursors, and a small amount of marijuana.

- The Specketer vehicle, which had been occupied by Specketer and Cowen, was found to have methamphetamine precursors, a partial methamphetamine lab and methamphetamine.

During the investigation, additional information was discovered indicating persons residing at 105 Pine St. in Peterson were also allegedly involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Clay County Sheriff's deputies obtained a sixth search warrant for the residence. The Clay County team, joined by deputies and officers from the Buena Vista, Storm Lake and Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, executed the warrant early Saturday morning.

Marijuana, drug paraphernalia, remnants of a meth lab and precursors for manufacturing meth were all discovered.

Hyde, 29, of Peterson, was caring for two minor children in the home at the time of search warrant.

Both children were removed from Hyde's care and the Iowa Department of Human Services were notified.

Charges against Specketer include felony conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetatmine; felony possession of a firearm as a felon; and felony possession of precursors. Specketer is being held on $110,000 bond in Buena Vista County Jail.

Cowen was charged with felony possessions of precursors. She is being held on $5,000 bond in the Buena Vista County Jail.

Ingersen, 31, of Linn Grove, is being held on $102,000 bond in Buena Vista County Jail, and is charged with felony conspiracy to manufacture of more than five grams of meth, felony possession of precursors, possession of meth, and possession of marijuana.

Henderson, 49, of Storm Lake, is also in Buena Vista County Jail on a $106,000 bond, where he is charged with felony conspiracy to manufacture of more than five grams of meth, felony possession of precursors, and possession of marijuana.

Hyde and Hartfield are being held in Clay County Jail. Both are charged with two counts of child endangerment, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each is being held on a $2,000 bond.

Assisting in the process were members of the Storm Lake Fire Department, Storm Lake Public Safety Lab Response Team, the Storm Lake Police K-9 unit, Iowa Department of Human Services and Buena Vista County Attorney's office.

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  • Wow, 29? She looks like she is on deaths door. I would have guessed she is 50.

    -- Posted by brian48 on Tue, Oct 23, 2012, at 3:39 AM
  • Holy faces of meth batman....!!!!

    -- Posted by Bansky on Tue, Oct 23, 2012, at 12:59 PM
  • WOW is right....this is the stuff of nightmares!

    -- Posted by DarlaLee on Tue, Oct 23, 2012, at 3:08 PM
  • Good lesson for kids (and adults for that matter).. on why NOT to do drugs. If this can't convince them, I don't know what would!

    -- Posted by Vanessa on Tue, Oct 23, 2012, at 7:51 PM
  • Wow 29 she looks like she is in her late 50s

    -- Posted by a colt fan on Tue, Oct 23, 2012, at 9:22 PM
  • I hope none of these pictures are used for Christmas cards, wow, the shocking negative effects of meth on a person's body is amazing.

    -- Posted by Comanche Alum on Tue, Oct 23, 2012, at 11:32 PM
  • I concur. How sad that we could do Faces of Meth right here, still. I, too, thought it was diminishing due to the difficulty in purchasing large quantities of the ingredients. I thought Hyde had to be the children's grandmother and perhaps their parents were already in jail or otherwise unavailable. :-/

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Wed, Oct 24, 2012, at 5:09 PM
  • This has gotten real nice that people all they have say is she looks 50 and not 29. How old does the ruby look like 140 or so? Not that it really matters on your opinions of age but the comments about the kids this really bothers me. Do u assume all children are raised by their grandparents or what exactly are u trying to say ? And the parents in jail wtf? This article does not tell the whole story but the part it does people must not be capable of reading that far because Hyde and Hartfield did not get charged with meth.

    -- Posted by hcsiowa on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 11:42 AM
  • "...persons residing at 105 Pine Street, Peterson, were also allegedly involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine."

    "Marijuana, drug paraphernalia, remnants of a meth lab and precursors for manufacturing meth were all discovered.

    Hyde, 29, of Peterson, was caring for two minor children in the home at the time of search warrant.

    Both children were removed from Hyde's care and the Iowa Department of Human Services were notified."

    This is what led me to believe Hyde is allegedly part of the manufacturing, and the reason the children were removed was due to the fact that the remnants of a meth lab and precursors were found in that home. Maybe someone else is trying to take the brunt of the meth charges so Hyde can get her kids back.

    I wish the best possible outcome for all involved and hope they can get treatment.

    And lest someone think I'm saying this from some high seat of judgment -- at this moment, I continue writing letters to a judge in hopes my birth mother, who lives in a county far to the south of here, will be redirected to treatment (for real this time -- I don't know how her "boyfriend" got her out in 2 weeks last time when she was sent for 90 days) and will not have to go to prison, in spite of it being her third possession charge. I'm also praying it is the case that she will go to a real rehab like Teen Challenge of the Midlands (which is not just for teens) or Oxford House in Sioux City or NOVA in Omaha.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 5:07 PM
  • Ok I see ur point of why you would believe that, the way they word it does sound pretty bad in intermingled with all the others charges. Now for the parts they don't list...the children were there for a weekend visit she doesn't have custody of the children so someone taking the charge to get the kids back is not part of it. I really wish I could say more but I probably shouldn't. My opinion is if they did have a meth lab they should get charged to fullest extent but they didn't(Hyde and Hartfield).

    -- Posted by hcsiowa on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 7:11 PM
  • hcsiowa have you ever seen someone on meth? Hyde's gaunt face and dark eyes have me believing she's doing it. Either way she had kids in her care while she had marijuana in the house.

    -- Posted by joev on Fri, Oct 26, 2012, at 10:39 AM
  • I've seen Hyde around in the past with her kids and she did not look like she does in the picture above, which also leads me to believe she is using. Shes always seemed to be a nice person, but as Amy Peterson has stated I also hope she gets help. Whether or not she was part of the meth lab really doesn't matter as they still had drugs (of another kind, but still a drug) and drug paraphernalia. To me it also doesn't matter that the kids were just there for visitation. The kids shouldn't be in that kind of environment period. I would think if you only see kids during visitation you could put your illegal activities on hold during that time. I'm also not trying to judge just simply voicing my opinion, and again I wish them all the best in receiving the help that they need. Everyone listed above is part of someones family and deserves to be living a better life than this.

    -- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Sun, Oct 28, 2012, at 11:53 AM
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