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Siouxland Strange: Package deliveries that lead to criminal charges

Siouxland Strange: Package deliveries that lead to criminal charges

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Combine driver charged

A Rock Rapids man who reportedly drank 16 beers was arrested for driving a combine while intoxicated in rural Lyon County.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office received a report at 10:15 p.m. Nov. 8 that Cory Van Tilburg had consumed the beer and was driving a combine with a minor child.

A sheriff's deputy stopped Van Tilburg, 40, in a John Deere combine in the 2100 block of Goldfinch Avenue near Rock Rapids at 10:38 p.m. Van Tilburg failed two field sobriety tests at the scene and was arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated and child endangerment, both misdemeanors. He refused to submit to a breath test at the Lyon County Jail, according to court documents.

Van Tilburg was later released from the jail on a $2,000 unsecured bond.

Packages produce charges

Federal authorities have arrested a Sioux City man suspected of receiving large quantities of drugs from a fictitious California company through the mail.

A criminal complaint filed Nov. 7 in U.S. District Court in Sioux City says that Monee Yodprasit received 16 packages addressed to several aliases through the mail from June through October at his home.

Yodprasit, 42, was arrested Nov. 7 after officers executed a search warrant at a home in the 600 block of West Third Street and found 2.1 pounds of cocaine, 11.7 pounds of methamphetamine, 20 grams of heroin or fentanyl, two loaded handguns, a shotgun and $15,000-$20,000 in cash.

He faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October began investigating the large number of suspicious mailings being delivered to the Sioux City address. Officers tracked a package mailed to Yodprasit's address on Oct. 23 and observed him accepting it from a mail carrier two days later.

Another package was mailed on Oct. 30 and forwarded to a postal inspection site in Urbandale, Iowa, where a drug-detecting dog indicated the package contained an illegal substance. After receiving a search warrant on Nov. 6, a postal inspector found a wooden box with spray foam leaking from it. After prying the box open, the inspector found 10 vacuum-sealed bags of meth weighing a total of nearly 10 pounds.

The inspector found that three packages per month had been shipped to the Sioux City address since June, and all were from LAJR Logistics Co. in California, a company that does not exist, according to state records there.

After his arrest, the complaint said, Yodprasit admitted to officers that he had received meth, cocaine and firearms through the mail.

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