WATERLOO | A series of early morning drug raids resulted in a clogged toilet, $50,000 in alleged drug proceeds and at least one arrest.
Officers with the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested 25-year-old Kelvin Lee Plain Jr. for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He was later released from the Black Hawk County Jail.
The search of Plain's home at 317 Riehl St. was just one of several task force searches overnight, according to police.
Officers with the task force and Waterloo Police Department’s tactical team searched the Riehl Street home shortly before 2 a.m. Friday. Police found marijuana tucked into individual packages inside the toilet bowl of an upstairs bathroom, according to court records. Police said marijuana looked as it if had been recently placed in the toilet in an attempt to flush it and became stuck.
Plain was found awake upstairs, court records state.
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Task force officers said they executed a number of search warrants in the Waterloo area and seized more than 5 pounds of high-grade marijuana, a quarter pound of powder and crack cocaine and several weapons. They also found more than $50,000 in cash.
Assisting in the raids were officers from the Waterloo Police Department, Black Hawk County Sheriff Office K-9 Unit, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and the Iowa State Patrol. This case remains under investigation.
Plain is currently awaiting trial in connection with an April 2012 shooting. Court records allege Plain shot at a van in the area of Jackson and Oneida streets. No one was injured.
Jurors found Plain guilty of weapons charges but deadlocked on a charge of intimidation with a weapon during a 2012 trial, but he won a new trial, which is currently slated for November.