Task force arrests Keokuk man on meth charges


KEOKUK - The Lee County Narcotics Task Force reports the arrest of a Keokuk man on felony and misdemeanor drug charges.     

On 11/7/2022, Russell Vandermartin, 60, of Keokuk, was arrested in the 1400 block of Palean Street. Officers with the Keokuk Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Vandermartin to take him into custody on pending felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Vandermartin is charged with: Possession with Intent to Deliver More Than 5g Methamphetamine – Class B Felony; Drug Tax Stamp Violation – Class D Felony; Possession of Controlled Substances, 1st Offense – Serious Misdemeanor; Prohibited Acts: Maintaining Drug House – Aggravated Misdemeanor; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Simple Misdemeanor.

The arrest of Vandermartin stems from a search warrant that was executed at his residence by the Lee County Narcotics Task Force, and was in reference to an investigation into allegations that he was involved in the distribution of methamphetamine.    

The Keokuk Police Department, Fort Madison Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, and the Lee County Attorney’s Office assisted the Lee County Narcotics Task Force in these investigations.

The defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The Lee County Narcotics Task Force is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Justice and the funds administered by the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

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