Sheriff’s office: Loaded gun, silencer, meth seized in drug bust

Sheriff’s office: Loaded gun, silencer, meth seized in drug bust

Three men were arrested and drugs and a loaded gun were seized in Grant County Tuesday after a traffic stop, officials said.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy stopped a vehicle at 11:17 p.m. on Highway 11 in James Township on suspicion of speeding.

During the stop, a Jo Davies County K-9 unit arrived and deployed its police dog. According to the report, the K-9 alerted to the odor of drugs coming from the vehicle, which was searched.

Deputies found and seized methamphetamine, meth paraphernalia and marijuana in the vehicle, according to the report. A loaded handgun, a silencer and multiple suspected burglary tools were also found.

Tanner Ervolino, 22, of Waterloo, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun, possession of a silencer, resisting or obstructing an officer and two warrants.

Lee Shaffer, 31, of Dubuque, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth, possession of meth paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, two counts of felony bail jumping and five counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

Jay Mess, 26, of Dubuque, was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth, possession of meth paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of burglary tools, two counts of felony bail jumping and seven counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

A 23-year-old Dubuque man in the vehicle was cited on suspicion of possession of marijuana. A 22-year-old woman from Marshaltown, Iowa, who was also in the vehicle was not cited.

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