Authorities have arrested nearly a dozen area residents following a multi-month investigation into illegal drugs.

The Oelwein Police Department, with assistance from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office and the Iowa State Patrol, has served several arrest warrants in and around the city of Oelwein.

Those arrested are accused of dealing in methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription medications.

They have been identified as:

35 year old Joseph Barker; 38 year old Randy Butts; 50 year old Brad Drewelow; 30 year old Elizabeth Gabriel; 24 year old Justin Green; 27 year old David Latham; 24 year old Matthew Moore; 32 year old Brian Otdoerfer; 53 year old Daniel Parker, all of Oelwein; 19 year old Abby Green of Fairbank; and 41 year old Eric Rose of Sumner.

According to Oelwein Police Chief Jeremy Logan, the arrests were a collaborative effort between his department, the Fayette County Sheriff, and Iowa State Patrol, in deterring illegal drug activity in the area.

The investigation continues...

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