Alleged drug dealer arrested in West Des Moines Wednesday


A Des Moines man was arrested on drug-dealing charges early Wednesday in West Des Moines.

Wesley Duane Kuehl, 58, of 3015 30th St., Des Moines, was charged with controlled substance violation, failure to affix drug stamp, first-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The incident began shortly after midnight Wednesday in the 7400 block of Office Plaza Dive in West Des Moines.

According to court records, Kuehl allegedly “did possess more than 7 grams of methamphetamine in multiple packages along with a digital scale with drug residue and empty bags with the intent to deliver the methamphetamine.”

In addition, Kuehl allegedly “did possess marijuana in his vehicle that he was operating and a marijuana drug pipe with burnt residue in his front pant pocket,” according to court records.

The West Des Moines Police Department was assisted by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement (MINE) Drug Task Force in the investigation.

Kuehl is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 16 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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