CLINTON — Clinton County District Court Judge Mark Lawson has denied a request to reduce a Clinton man’s bond.

Lawson on Friday ordered bond to remain as previously set for Marcus A. Hook, 23, 68 20th Ave. North. The court gave strong consideration to the safety of the community and the likelihood Hook would appear for further proceedings. Bond was set Feb. 5 at $15,000, cash only. Hook is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class B felony. A pretrial conference is set for 10 a.m. Thursday.

According to the affidavit, at 4:10 p.m. Feb. 2, an officer observed a vehicle, with a tinted rear license plate cover, traveling west in the 200 block of 11th Avenue North. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the same vehicle in the parking lot of Burger King, 1010 N. Second St., and made contract with Hook, the driver. Hook was exiting the vehicle as the officer approached. The officer requested his license, registration and insurance. Hook provided the officer with an Iowa identification card. The officer checked for wants and warrants on Hook. The Clinton Law Center reported he was suspended through the state of Iowa. Hook was placed in the back of the officer’s patrol vehicle. Insurance information was not located in the vehicle, which was subsequently towed. Hook was transported to the Clinton County Jail.

The affidavit states a corrections officer conducted a search of Hook and located three separate bags of a clear, crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine. A criminal history check was run on Hook and showed two prior drug convictions from West Palm Beach, Florida, on Dec. 18, 2014, and Jan. 16, 2014. The suspected methamphetamine weighed 9.9 grams.

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