OTTUMWA — A Man who already faced charges of dealing marijuana now faces additional charges based on what authorities say he did with the proceeds from those sales.
Avery Schippers, 22, already faced charges of selling marijuana, failure to affix a drug tax stamp, going armed with intent, assault while participating in a felony, and carrying weapons.
The new charges accuse Schippers of buying two vehicles. According to the criminal complaint, “During these transactions the defendant used the proceeds (U.S. Currency) from the illegal sale and distribution of marijuana and marijuana concentrates to purchase both vehicles.”
Such a purchase could be subject to forfeiture, since authorities can seize property gained through profits from criminal activity. The complaint said Schippers knew that, and “conspired with another individual to register these vehicles, belonging to him in their name to avoid police detection and possible asset forfeiture.”
The money laundering charge is a Class C felony under Iowa law. Class C crimes carry up to 10 years in prison, and this one can also see fines of up to $10,000 “or twice the value of the property involved, whichever is greater.”
In other area cases, Ryan Mills, the former Fairfield police officer accused of breaking into a veterinary clinic in search of drugs appears to have reached a plea deal. The defense attorney in the case asked the court for a hearing on the change of plea. That hearing is set for 11 a.m. June 21.
The court file also included a letter seeking restitution of $698.08 for the broken narcotics cabinet at the veterinary office.