Two Arrested on Drug Charges – First Assist for New K9 Rocky

Sioux County’s newest K9, Rocky, and his handler Deputy Augustin Martinez, made their first arrest as a duo over the weekend.

The arrest Saturday afternoon stemmed from a report of a vehicle driving on the wrong side of Highway 18, five miles west of Rock Valley. An Iowa State Patrol Trooper located and stopped the vehicle with assistance from the Sioux County Sheriff’s office. K-9 Rocky conducted a drug sniff around the vehicle and indicated to the odor of narcotics coming from inside the vehicle. Investigators then discovered a glass pipe and 2.3 grams of methamphetamine located inside the vehicle.

The driver, 38-year-old Leslie Newman of Inwood, was evaluated by a Drug Recognition Expert who determined she was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Newman was transported to the Sioux County Jail where she was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence – second offense, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger in the vehicle, 36-year-old Clayton Mace of Inwood, was charged with possession of a controlled substance – 3rd offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Newman was released after posting a $2,000 bond, Mace was released after posting a $5,000 bond.

The case was a joint effort between the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and the Rock Valley Police Department.