Sioux Center Man Faces Felony Charges After Theft Of Pickup

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man faces multiple felony charges after being arrested on Friday.

According to the Sioux Center Police Department, they responded to the Casey’s store in Sioux Center where a victim told them he went into Casey’s to purchase items and left his vehicle unlocked and running outside in the parking lot. The victim told officers that when he exited the store he saw his pickup being driven away southbound from the store. Sioux County dispatch told area officers to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Officers tell us the vehicle was located by Plymouth County Deputies being driven into Le Mars on Highway 75. They say when Plymouth County deputies initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle, the driver failed to yield to their emergency lights and sirens. After following the vehicle around the LeMars area the vehicle was stopped using a spike strip.

The driver was identified as 22-year-old David Lopez-Lopez and was placed into custody and transported to the Sioux County Jail. During jail inventory of Lopez-Lopez’ property, jail staff found two rolled up one-dollar bills. Both bills had a white powdery substance on them. Police tested the white powdery substance in a narcotics identification system kit and the powder tested positive for methamphetamine.

During an interview, Lopez-Lopez told officers that he had more methamphetamine at home and that he uses and sells it to people he knows. A search warrant was obtained, and officers did find the meth and some plastic baggies commonly used to sell meth.

Lopez-Lopez was charged with a Class B felony count of Possession with Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, and two Class D felony counts of Failure to Affix A Drug Tax Stamp and Theft in the Second Degree, in addition to misdemeanor charges including Operating While Intoxicated.


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