CLINTON — A Clinton man pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony drug charges.
Jarrod C. Meurs, 36, 325 S. Bluff Blvd., pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, third offense, a Class D felony; and possession of a controlled substance, third offense, a Class D felony.
The State will recommend incarceration with the Iowa Department of Corrections for an indeterminate term not to exceed five years and the minimum fine, surcharges, costs and attorney fees. The State will not seek enhancement as a habitual offender. The State will recommend concurrent sentences. Meurs will be responsible for restitution resulting from all counts alleged in the trial information. Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 9.
According to the affidavit, at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 2016, officers responded to Wal-Mart, 2715 S. 25th St., for a suspicious subject call. Officers upon arrival made contact with Wal-Mart Loss Prevention. Wal-Mart Loss Prevention indicated there was a male inside the store they suspected had caused criminal damage to the restrooms the day prior and wanted him removed from the store.
Officers made contact with Meurs. The Clinton Law Center advised Meurs had a valid warrant for driving while suspended. The officer subsequently secured Meurs and transported him to the Clinton County Jail. A corrections officer while at the jail conducted a search of Meurs and located a bag of methamphetamine in his right front pocket, two stamps of LSD in his shirt pocket and a marijuana pipe. A check of Meurs’ criminal history showed Meurs had two prior drug convictions.