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Des Moines Police Take Estimated $235,000 Off Streets in Drug Bust

DES MOINES, Iowa –On Wednesday police arrested 27 year-old Des Moines resident Jean Raoul Descolline.

The raid comes after multiple raids were carried out several days ago across the metro. Police say this dealer was unconnected to those raids, and they’ve put another major dent in Des Moines’ drug trade.

“If you are a drug dealer or a gang member you should probably look over your shoulder because we could be coming for you next,” said Des Moines Police Spokesman Paul Parizek.

Police raided Descolline’s town home at 555 SW 7th St.

They recovered:

  • 1.15 pounds of meth
  • 1.14 pounds of cocaine…
  • 2.95 pounds of marijuana
  • 1.16 pounds of heroin.

The total estimated value? $235,000.

“It was almost like a smorgasbord style dealer; he had a little bit of everything. A lot of that stuff was pretty potent, pretty dangerous, particularly the heroin,” said Parizek.

Parizek says the heroin is part of the continuing opioid epidemic and that on Thursday night first responders brought six people back from overdosing by using Narcan. Dale Woolery, Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy says as bad as the opioid crisis is, it’s not alone as a problem in Iowa.

“Methamphetamine actually remains a much bigger issue if you’re measuring on volume of cases, the number of people who are involved, number of crimes being committed etc.  But we also know with the opioid epidemic you can overdose rather easily,” said Woolery.

Woolery says the state has made progress on the opioid epidemic, and that the Department of Health’s preliminary numbers show Iowa had almost 70 fewer deaths in 2018 than in 2017. That being said, it’s too early to call it a trend. Police say what will help turn those numbers into a trend are busts like these.

“We don’t see that quantity of heroin very often, and when you look at that, that’s when you start thinking about this is probably one of the best uses of our resources because we are definitely saving lives getting that heroin off the street,” said Parizek.

Woolery says another way to lower the amount of drug related deaths is early intervention. He says the state is considering a plan that would take low risk offenders and place them into a case manager program to get treatment rather than being let go or put in jail. Meanwhile, Descolline is facing six felony charges and is being held on an $85,000 cash bond.

Des Moines Police Looking for Hit-and-Run Driver in East Side Crash

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A Des Moines man is hospitalized in serious condition after being injured by a hit-and-run driver on Thursday evening, police say.

56-year old Paul Williams was found lying in the middle of the street in the 1600 block of E. Grand Avenue just after 10:00 pm on Thursday.  Des Moines Police are looking for a maroon sedan they believe hit Williams and then sped off from the scene.   The car would have front bumper and windshield damage.

Police are still processing evidence from the scene and interviewing witnesses but they are asking for more witnesses to come forward.

The DMPD Traffic Unit can be contacted at (515) 323-8370.  Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at (515) 223-1400 or online.

Seven Suspects Arrested in Early Morning Des Moines Raids

DES MOINES, Iowa  — Seven people are in custody following a series of raids across Des Moines Thursday in a multi-state drug investigation.

The FBI, ATF and Des Moines Police Department all took part in the raids which were carried out around 6:00 am.  Police say a local drug ring leader named Raylon Canada is accused of receiving cocaine in the mail from California.

Police say this raid is tied to previous raids targeting the C-Block Gang.

One raid happened in the 400 Block of E. Pleasant View Drive.  A neighbor says more than a half-dozen police vehicles arrived suddenly at 6:15 a.m.  Officers in full ballistic gear then poured out of cars and vans and swarmed a nearby home.

Des Moines Police and FBI Execute Multiple Warrants Thursday Morning

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A Des Moines man says his normally quiet street was suddenly filled with police officers in body armor Thursday morning.

It happened in the 400 Block of E. Pleasant View Drive.  A neighbor says more than a half-dozen police vehicles arrived suddenly at 6:15 a.m.  Officers in full ballistic gear then poured out of cars and vans and swarmed a nearby home.

The Des Moines Police Department says it was part of an ongoing investigation with the FBI.  Police won’t say what that investigation entails, however they expect the United States Attorney’s Office to release more details later Thursday.

Police say multiple warrants were executed at locations in Des Moines at 6:00 a.m. but didn’t identify the locations.  The Metro STAR unit along with other local tactical units joined FBI agents in the raids.

Two Men in Custody After ATM is Ripped Out of Des Moines Walgreens

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Two men are in custody after allegedly ripping an ATM out of a Walgreens.

It happened around 5:00 am at the pharmacy’s location at Douglas and Beaver.  Police say two men rammed the front of the building with a truck, hooked onto the ATM inside the front door and then accelerated the truck and ripped the machine out of the building.

Police say the men fled from the scene northbound and abandoned their truck when they spotted police.  They ran from the scene but were taken into custody around 5:40 am.  Both suspects were taken to the hospital for injuries suffered during the chase.  One was injured falling from a fence.  The other was by a K9.

The suspects names have not been released.

Des Moines Police Investigating 5th Homicide of 2019 After Man Dies of Stab Wounds

DES MOINES, Iowa  — A Des Moines man who suffered stab wounds earlier this week has died.

Police say 31-year-old Thein Aung died on Thursday at Mercy Hospital where he was receiving treatment for stab wounds suffered on Monday evening.  Police found Aung suffering a stab wound to his torso after they responded to a reported fight in the 1000 block of 9th Street.

Police say they have interviewed the person they believe stabbed Aung as well as several other witnesses.  No criminal charges have been filed at this time.

Aung is the fifth homicide victim in the city of Des Moines in 2019.