SIOUX CITY - Felony drug charges filed against a Cherokee man last week in Woodbury County have been dropped.
On February 25 the Cherokee man, Chris Knebel, age 20, and Todd Funderman, age 25 of Cleghorn, were charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and a drug tax stamp violation following a traffic stop in Sioux City.
Although the charges still stand against Funderman, who will be arraigned March 11, the charges against Knebel were dismissed on February 28, according to the Woodbury County Attorney's Office, and the Woodbury County Clerk of Court.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and Iowa State Patrol worked a joint investigation regarding drug-related activities that led to the Sioux City traffic stop. That led to the execution of two search warrants in Cherokee County later that night.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and the Marcus Police Department, executed a search warrant in Cleghorn where a large quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana, and an automatic rifle with ammunition was located.
The Cherokee Police Department, assisted by the ISP, executed a search warrant at a residence in Cherokee where a small quantity of a substance believed to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located.
When contacted by the Chronicle Times on February 27, Woodbury County Attorney Mark Campbell refused comment, referring the reporter to the Woodbury County Clerk of Court. A spokesperson at the Clerk of Court verified that the charges against both men still stood and a story with that information was published in the Chronicle Times on Thursday, February 28.
However, that same day (February 28) the charges against Knebel were dismissed.