Text-a-Tip Helps Osceola County Officers Make Drug Arrests

Date posted - July 13, 2013

text-a-tipSibley, Iowa — Two Sibley residents have been arrested on drug charges, thanks to a texted tip.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday (7/10/13), their deputies carried out a search warrant at 1016 2nd Avenue West in Sibley.

Following the search, deputies arrested 27-year-old Heather Nicole Lavoie and 26-year-old Reyes Valles Ontiveros, both of Sibley. They were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor), and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Serious Misdemeanor).

Lavoie and Ontiveros were released after they each posted a $1,300 bond.

The sheriff’s office started the investigation after receiving an anonymous Text-a-Tip. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has received over 90 anonymous texted tips since implementing the program in 2008.

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5 Responses to “Text-a-Tip Helps Osceola County Officers Make Drug Arrests”

  1. sunshine says:

    How do you text a tip?

  2. Question says:

    How is it that this is any different from the DUI case that was tossed out in Rock Valley where officers received a tip?

  3. unknown says:

    Read the fine print. They got a tip and a investigation was followed. Like trash pulls and sending in ci’s. If ur dumb enough to do drugs than face it ur going to get busted!

  4. Joe says:

    I was surprised they could do much on an anonymous tip. But a little search and I learned that “probably cause” can vary quite a bit. Judges have a lot of latitude to decide what warrants lawful violation of your privacy. The 4th Amendment does not define it. Nor do existing laws put many limitations on it. So, yes, an anonymous tip can be deemed sufficient for a warrant.

    How about that.

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