LEE COUNTY – The Lee County Narcotics Task Force reports the arrest of a Keokuk, Iowa man and woman on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
On March 8, 2017, during a traffic stop in Lee County, Kenneth Michael Howell, 23, and Jesica Charleen Blaise, 28, both of Keokuk, Iowa were arrested on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
Howell is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in excess of five grams, a class B felony, drug tax stamp violation, a class D felony, maintaining a drug house, an aggravated misdemeanor, four counts of possession of a controlled substance (temazepam, diazepam, vyvanse, dextroamphetamine, and amphetamine), serious misdemeanors, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted, Howell faces up to 36 years and 30 days in a state correctional facility.
Blaise is charged with maintaining a drug house, an aggravated misdemeanor. If convicted, Blaise faces up to 2 years in a state correctional facility.
The arrests of Howell and Blaise stem from an investigation by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force into allegations that they were involved in the use and/or distribution of illegal narcotics in the Lee County area. A search warrant was served in connection to this investigation and items that support the charges were discovered.
The Lee County Attorney’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Penitentiary K9 Unit, Keokuk Police Department and the Department of Human Services assisted the Lee County Narcotics Task Force in this investigation.
The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.