Sioux Center Man Faces Felony Charge After Allegedly Possessing Cocaine In Jail Facility

Orange City, Iowa — A Sioux Center man has been arrested on felony contraband charges after he was found with cocaine while he was being booked into jail.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the Sioux County Clerk of Court’s Office by the Sioux Center Police Department, 20-year-old Marlon Pelico Ramos of Sioux Center is accused of the possession of contraband.

In his statement, the officer says Pelico Ramos had been actively fighting two other people between Second Chance Depot and San Jose in Sioux Center, and had a strong odor of alcohol, impaired balance, slurred speech, and bloodshot, watery eyes. While he was being arrested, he was found in possession of a clear plastic bag containing a substance that field-tested positive for cocaine. But then during the intake process at the Sioux County Jail, he was found to be in possession of a tightly rolled dollar bill that contained a substance also believed to have been cocaine.

In addition to his misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Pelico Ramos was also charged with introducing intoxicants or drugs into an institution, a class D felony. If convicted, Pelico Ramos could face up to five years in prison on the charge.

He faces arraignment on the charges on December 18th.

He was released the same day, after posting a $5000 cash or surety bond.