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MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Jackson County sheriff’s deputies are investigating an alleged methamphetamine lab and the overdose of two young women Tuesday morning at the same location in rural Maquoketa.

According to a search warrant return filed by Deputy Steve Schroeder in Jackson County Magistrate Court, the search warrant was for property in the 16000 block of 85th Street, north of Maquoketa.

Schroeder wrote in the warrant that a white powder, which tested positive for methamphetamine, pills and items used to make the drug were found in a tack building on the property, which had been converted into a living space.

Schroeder said Wednesday that authorities executed several search warrants at the property.

“All the evidence will be sent to the Department of Criminal Investigation lab in Des Moines,” Schroeder said. “Once the lab results are finished, we will determine what, if any, charges will be filed.”

An unidentified person called the Maquoketa Law Center about 6 a.m. Tuesday to say a woman had overdosed on a farm and asked for a welfare check. The report said when officers arrived, the property owner told officers no one was in the house, but they could check the other building on the property. 

Officers found two women in an upstairs loft. Officers said they found a small bag with white powder that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Maquoketa Ambulance and Maquoketa Rescue Squad took one of the women to Jackson County Regional Health Center. Her condition was not available.

Schroeder said deputies executed several search warrants at the property in the past 24 hours as the investigation continues.



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