Search warrants lead to 3 drug arrests in Harlan


March 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three Harlan residents were arrested on multiple charges Tuesday following a joint investigation into illegal drug activities. According to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, 47-year old Jon M. Rodacker, 57-year old Mark E. Olson, and 53-year old Joleen M. Olson each face Serious Misdemeanor charges of Violation of Restricted Purchases of Pseudoephedrine from a Pharmacy (Rodacker – 18 counts; Mark Olson – 9 counts; Joleen Olson – 3 counts.).

Rodacker also faces Felony charges which include: Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine; Possession of Anhydrous Ammonia and Pseudoephedrine as Precursors; and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Additional charges include: Tampering with, possessing, and transporting anhydrous ammonia, 2-counts of Prohibited Acts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Mark Olson faces additional charges of Possession of Meth and Drug Paraphernalia.

All three suspects were being held in the Shelby County Jail. Rodacker’s bond was set at $100,000. Mark Olson’s bond was set at $25,000, while the bond for Joleen Olson was set at $10,000.

Authorities say the trio were taken into custody after the deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and officials with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement served search warrants on several locations in Harlan, and for one vehicle. The locations included: 809 4th Street; 1603 Cheyenne Avenue, and at a storage unit located on Industrial Parkway. An  investigation into the suspects’ alleged drug activities remains ongoing.

(8-a.m News)