SHELDON—Two people face drug-related charges following an investigation by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office into a report of a suspicious black-colored Suburban with no plates seen near Sheldon on Thursday, July 9.
The Sheldon Police Department located a 2003 Chevrolet K1500 Suburban matching the description at the west Casey’s in Sheldon about 11:20 a.m.
The driver, 35-year-old James Kent Skoglund of Ashton, and the occupants “were acting suspicious and gave indications they were under the influence of a controlled substance,” according to court documents filed, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office county ran its K-9 around the vehicle and the K-9 gave a
positive alert for an illegal substance.
During a search, 6.7 grams of a crystalline substance was found in a bag in the visor above the driver’s seat. Also located were a clear glass pipe with burnt crystalline residue, multiple hand-held torches, containers of hypodermic needles and clear resealable baggies.
Skoglund also admitted to authorities that he had violated the terms of his temporary restricted license.
He was charged with possession of a controlled substance — third or subsequent offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of conditions of a restricted license and driving while his license was denied, suspended, canceled or revoked.
While conversing with authorities, 39-year-old Donald Vincent Gass of Sioux Falls, SD, a passenger in the vehicle, said he had a needle on him and pulled a hypodermic needle out of his sock.
He said he used the needle to inject methamphetamine earlier in the day, according to court documents.
The residue from the needle was sent to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Criminalistics Laboratory in Ankeny for testing.
Gass was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
He pleaded guilty the next day in O’Brien County District Court in Primghar and must pay $195 in court-related costs.