Paullina Man Facing Felony Drug Charge

Paullina, Iowa — A Paullina man has been arrested on drug charges after probation and parole officers reported drugs where he was staying.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the O’Brien County Clerk of Court’s Office by the Paullina Police Department, 44-year-old Jason Rutzen of Paullina is accused of the possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested on Friday, March 24th.

The complaint states that the probation and parole officers requested law enforcement at the home due to the alleged discovery of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Officers state they found methamphetamine, a scale, a small glass pipe, and a wooden box containing several additional glass pipes.

Rutzen was charged with possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense, a class D felony, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted, Rutzen could face up to five years in prison.

He faces a preliminary hearing on the charges on April 4, 2023.

At last report, Rutzen remained in the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar.


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