Wayland residents face drug charges
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
WAYLAND — Three Wayland residents face various charges following the execution of two search warrants.
Joseph Labarbera is being charged with child endangerment, felon in possession of a firearm and intimidation with a weapon.
The charges are the result of an execution of a search warrant March 20 at 507 E. Railroad St., Lot 7, Wayland. The warrant resulted from a lengthy drug investigation involving Labarbera allegedly selling marijuana from his residence.
During the execution of the warrant, Labarbera was located along with a 10-month-old infant. Marijuana, scales, baggies, a switchblade knife, U.S. currency and ammunition was located at the residence.
Labarbera was taken to the Henry County Jail and more charges are pending.
Roger Cole, Wayland, is charged with possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and Carrie Bausch, Wayland, is charged with possession of marijuana following a search warrant being executed Jan. 29 at 301 W. Second St., Wayland.
During the warrant, marijuana and paraphernalia were located in the house.
Cole and Bausch have been issued summons to appear on the charges.
Agencies assisting in the search warrants include the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Wayland Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa State Patrol TAC Team and Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force.
In a final police matter, Gregory J. Connolly, a/k/a Gregory J. McPherson, Mt. Pleasant, has been charged with burglary. On Sept. 1, 2012, there was a burglary at the Wayland State Bank office in Mt. Pleasant.
As a result of that investigation and subsequent search warrants executed on March 19, Connolly was charged. More charges are pending.
The Mt. Pleasant Police Department said some of the information that resulted in these arrests came from the public notifying the department with tips. The department appreciates the public’s help in combatting crime.