A Des Moines man was arrested on drug charges Thursday outside a motel in the Jordan Creek Center.
Rian Lee Walls, 40, of 4295 N.E. 10th St., Des Moines, was charged with controlled substance violation, third or subsequent offense possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, tax stamp violation and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The incident began about 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the 7600 block of Office Plaza Drive N. in West Des Moines, where officers of the West Des Moines Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Saturn Vue for equipment violations.
Walls, the driver, allegedly “admitted to smoking methamphetamine earlier in the day and was profusely sweating,” according to court records.
A canine unit was called to the scene and “positively alerted on the vehicle,” according to court records, and a probable-cause search was then conducted.
The search allegedly disclosed “multiple bags of a crystalline substance resembling methamphetamine, cash, paraphernalia items with drug residue and a weight scale with residue. The bags totaled over 7 grams,” according to court records.
Marijuana wax was also allegedly found inside the vehicle.
Walls in held in the Dallas County Jail on a $35,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 22 in Dallas County District Court.
Walls was convicted on two counts of possession of a controlled substance in 2000 in Dallas County District Court. He was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2002 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and second-offense possession of a controlled substance in 2013 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2017 in Polk County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.