Felony drug charges filed against pair

Monday, March 10, 2008

SIOUX CITY - Two Cherokee County men were arrested on felony charges of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and a drug tax stamp violation following a traffic stop in Sioux City Monday, Feb. 25.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and Iowa State Patrol worked a joint investigation regarding drug-related activities that led to the traffic stop in Sioux City.

During a search of the vehicle, a large quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana was located. Two arrests were made as a result and the felony charges were filed against Todd Jarod Funderman, age 25, of Cleghorn, and Christopher Michael Knebel, age 20, of Cherokee. They were booked into the Woodbury County jail.

Funderman's hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in Woodbury County District Court, and Knebel's hearing is at 9 a.m. Monday. The pair has since been bonded out at $10,000 each, according to the Woodbury County Clerk of Court.

The arrests in Sioux city last Monday then led to the execution of two search warrants in Cherokee County later that night. The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Woodbury County Attorney's Office.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, assisted by the ISP and the Marcus Police Department, executed a search warrant at a residence in Cleghorn. A large quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana, and an automatic rifle withy ammunition was located, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The Cherokee Police Department, assisted by the ISP, executed a search warrant at a residence in Cherokee. A quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was located during this search.

Due to the ongoing investigation, Woodbury County Attorney Mark Campbell said he couldn't comment on the case and referred the Chronicle Times to the Woodbury County Clerk of Courts.

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