On 1/12/2016, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office arrested John David Steffens, age 27 of Emmetsburg on two valid Palo Alto County warrants. Steffens was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine; a class “C” Felony, Iowa Drug Tax Stamp Violation; class “D” Felony, Possession of Marijuana; Serious Misdemeanor, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Simple Misdemeanor. Steffens was not able to post the $26,000.00 cash or approved surety bond and was transferred from the Clay County Jail and was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await his initial appearance before a magistrate.

Steffens was wanted on these charges in connection to an execution of a search warrant at his residence at 1802 Pleasant St. in Emmetsburg on 12-15-2015. During that search evidence of drug manufacturing, possession and consumption were discovered.