On 09/22/2019 at 10:45 P.M. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of Bruce St., Ruthven, Iowa for failure to illuminate the rear license plate. The vehicle, a 2010 Chrysler sedan, was owned and operated by Lucas Ove (19) of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Lucas was also the sole occupant of the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle and subsequent investigation resulted in the seizure of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and alcoholic beverages. Lucas was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a serious misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcohol by a minor, both simple misdemeanors.
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