Traffic stop leads to drug charges

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

LE MARS -- Two were arrested on drug charges April 2 after a white van with a temporary paper license plate was stopped.

Seven individuals were in the van.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office determined they had been selling magazines door-to-door in the area, according to a press release.

Anthony Michael Russo, 23, of Wilmington, Del., and Amber Marie VanBoening, 25, of Grand Island, Neb., were

arrested at the Le Mars Truck Stop at 4:15 p.m.

Later the two would receive additional charges, including identity theft.

Russo was the driver of the vehicle, according to a press release.

As a result of the traffic stop investigation, Russo was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

At the same time, VanBoening was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a press release.

Once at the jail, it was found that Russo had provided a false identity during the traffic stop, according to a press release.

He provided a second name, which was also found to be false information.

At that time, Russo was charged with possession of a controlled substance, first offense, a serious misdemeanor; and two counts of identity theft, a class D felony, the press release stated.

It was also determined that Russo had a traffic warrant in New Mexico with a bond of $1,000 and also a warrant for forgery in Texas with a $10,000 bond.

Texas placed a detainer on Russo and will pick him up on their warrant when his Iowa charges are complete, according to a press release.

VanBoening also faced additional charges.

She knowingly concealed marijuana on her person when she was booked into jail, the press release stated.

VanBoening was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a class D felony; and possession of contraband in a correctional facility, a class D felony, the press release stated.

Russo remains housed in the Plymouth County jail.

VanBoening was released on a $5,000 bond.

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