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Arnolds Park man sentenced on drug charges

Thursday, January 17, 2013

An Arnolds Park man accused of trafficking drugs from Colorado to the Spencer area received a prison sentence of not more than five years in Pottawattamie County District Court.

In an agreement with prosecutors, 47-year-old Brent Wyman of Arnolds Park pleaded guilty to a count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and an amended charge of possession of cocaine. Wyman entered his guilty plea and received sentencing during the same court appearance Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Council Bluffs.

Three other drug-related charges will be dismissed as part of the plea agreement. He will only serve time on one of the two Class D felony charges.

Court records suggest the 45-year-old was stopped on Interstate 29 north of Council Bluffs on Feb. 26. During the course of the stop, patrol officers say they seized 3.25 pounds of marijuana and 6 grams of cocaine.

Wyman was living in Spencer, but moved to Arnolds Park at the start of 2012, according to a Clay County Deputy's affidavit. An anonymous informant told Clay County Deputies about the move and said Wyman was using rental cars from Spencer and Sioux City every 2-3 weeks to travel to Colorado in order to obtain marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD and cocaine.

The investigating deputy then acquired records that suggest Wyman rented vehicles from Enterprise Rent-A-Car of Sioux City six times between September 2011 and January 2012. He drove a minimum of 1,204 and 1,556 miles during the trips and returned the rental cars in less than 48 hours, according to investigators.

Clay County investigators used the tip, car rental records and observations of activity near the Spencer Car-Go Express convenience store parking lot to obtain a warrant to attach a GPS tracking device to Wyman's red 1995 Dodge Dakota truck on Jan. 31. A warrant for a GPS tracking device also was granted for the rented 2012 Chevrolet Impala Wyman was in at the time of his Feb. 26 arrest.

Investigators were granted a search warrant for his Broadway Street address in Arnolds Park as well. Deputies also received court permission to analyze data from a black Verizon cellphone and a blue Alcatel cellular phone, which were seized as part of the drug investigation.

The search warrants were unsealed at the Clay County Courthouse on March 8.

Wyman's trial in Pottawattamie County was originally set for May 30, but saw a series of continuances.

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