An Oelwein man arrested back in August is facing prison time for drugs.

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Back in August, officers executed a search warrant on an Oelwein house as part of an ongoing drug investigation. From this search, six individuals were arrested that were present in the house.

David Alan Tafolla, age 55 of Oelwein, was charged with “one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, four counts of distribution of a controlled substance, and one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance”.

His indictment alleges that between October 2020 and May 2021, Tafolla and others distributed 500 grams or more “of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and 50 grams or more of actual (pure) methamphetamine”.

Cocaine powder

The indictment also alleges that between April 26, 2021, and May 24, 2021, he distributed over 50 grams of (pure) methamphetamine.

Back in November, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

In a plea agreement, Tafolla admitted to being involved in drug trafficking between October 2020 and May 2021 says an article in Oelwein Daily Register. He also admitted to selling methamphetamine on four occasions in April and May 2021.

This isn’t Tafolla’s first offense. He has previous convictions in more than 20 cases which include assaults, armed with intent, burglary, violations of no-contact orders, and stalking.

He has been sentenced to 188 months (over 15 years)  of imprisonment and will also serve a five-year term of supervised release after being released from prison. He will be held in the United States Mashal’s custody until he is transported to federal prison.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Devra T. Hake and was investigated by the Oelwein Police Department, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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