Drug busts in Pottawattamie County net 4 arrests/209-lbs of pot


February 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two separate traffic stops this week in Pottawattamie County have resulted in four arrests and the confiscation of 209-pounds of marijuana. Pott. County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Reynolds told KJAN News Deputy Brian Miller stopped a 2011 Toyota for speeding just before 1-p.m. Sunday, on Interstate 80 eastbound north of Council Bluffs. The vehicle was occupied by the driver 35-year old Odilia Pena, of Mendota, CA, and her passenger, 24-year old Lorena Gonzalez, of Fresno, CA.

Reynolds said Deputy Miller believed there was “Criminal Activity afoot,” so he deployed his K-9 partner “Francisco.” The dog alerted to the presence of illegal substances, and a search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of 180-pounds of marijuana in two locked suitcases. Both women were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts, and a Tax Stamp violation. Pena also received citations for other moving violations.

And, on Wednesday, Deputy Miller stopped a 2012 GMC Yukon for speeding at around 11:15-a.m. just a few miles north of where he stopped the Toyota on Sunday. The vehicle was driven by 25-year old Beau Hanson, of Clear Lake Oaks, CA. Hanson, and his passenger, 27-year old William Woods, of McKinleyville, CA, were charged with PCS with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts and a Drug Tax Violation. Woods was also wanted on a warrant out of Indiana for being a Fugitive from Justice.

Inside the vehicle, Deputy Miller located in a glass jar and vacuum-sealed bags, 29-pounds of marijuana in two suitcases, along with drug paraphernalia. All four suspects were brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs. Pena, Gonzalez and Hanson were released from custody on $10,000 bond each. Woods remained in the Pott. County Jail today (Thursday) on $10,000 bond.