Iowa State Patrol

ROCK RAPIDS—Two men were arrested following a traffic stop about 11:35 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, near Rock Rapids.

The arrest of 52-year-old David Gene Stofferan of Sioux Falls, SD, and 36-year-old Jeremy Charles Whelplay of Elbow Lake, MN, stemmed from the stop of a northbound 1989 Dodge D-100 pickup Stofferan was driving for traffic violations on Highway 75 about five miles south of Rock Rapids, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Knives were observed in the vehicle, and Stofferan and Whelplay, the passenger, were asked to stop out and were detained.

The two men were found to be wanted on warrants.

Stofferan was charged for being a fugitive from justice; operating a vehicle without a registration card or plate; and driving while his license was denied, suspended, canceled or revoked.

Whelplay was found to be in possession of a pipe and a grinder with marijuana.

Meth, a meth pipe and numerous items of drug paraphernalia also were found in a black bag belonging to Whelplay. Numerous pills in unlabeled bottles also were located, according to the incident report.

Whelplay was charged with first-offense possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, first-offense possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, two counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drug, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and having a used or expired drug tax stamp.