Clinton man sentenced on felony drug charges

CLINTON — A judge ordered a Clinton man incarcerated for up to five years for two felony drug charges Thursday.

Jarrod D. Rickertsen, 45, of 200 Fifth Ave. South, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court for one count of possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, third offense, a Class D felony and possession of a controlled substance, namely marijuana, third offense, a Class D felony.

District Associate Judge Mark Fowler ordered Rickertsen to prison for up to five years for each charge with credit for time served. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. The judge suspended a $750 fine on each count.

The Court ordered the Sheriff to deliver Rickertsen to the Iowa Medical and Classification Facility in Oakdale. One count of possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense, was dismissed at sentencing with costs assessed to Rickertsen.

According to a court affidavit, police investigated a report of people looking in a car with flashlights at 11:16 p.m. Oct. 6 in an alley in the 700 block between 12th and 13th Avenues South. A man, whom police identified as Rickertsen was in the passenger seat of a vehicle holding a flashlight, the affidavit says.

Dispatch advised police that Rickertsen had a warrant out of Scott County, and an officer handcuffed Rickertsen.

During a search of the vehicle, Rickertsen told police that he was hiding drugs, the affidavit says. Police found drugs, which they identified as marijuana, methamphetamine and Ritalin, inside an orange container. The pills were packaged together with the marijuana with no prescription information, police say.

Court records show that Rickertsen has two prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance.