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All in the Family

You’ve heard the saying, “The family that plays together stays together,” or perhaps the version that says, “The family that prays together stays together.” In any case, stories in the news lately have reinforced the fact that in many drug busts, family members are arrested together, fined together, and convicted together. But they will not end up staying together in a prison cell.

Over in Marshalltown, Iowa, there was a drug raid on March 24, 2011. The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force raided a suspected home on West Webster Street and found a Dad and Daughter marijuana farm in their home. 175 plants were seized and the unhappy family of 50 year old Steven Keith and his 23 year old daughter Ciera Keith are now facing multiple felony charges, together.

And during the same week, over in Burlington, Iowa, the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force discovered a meth lab on S. Main Street. 32 year old Drake Fenton and 22 year old Dakota Fenton along with a friend were charged with meth manufacturing and possession with intent to deliver. Meth-making materials were found not only in the apartment, but also in their pickup truck. Who was his brother’s keeper?

Then, look back a few weeks in the news, and you’ll see the report that 52 year old Edward Eugene Gray Sr. and his 22 year old son Levi Edward Gray were both arrested over in Clarinda, Iowa in mid-February. They were last reported as being held without bail. Also, a warrant was out for 32 year old Edward Eugene Gray Jr., who has also been listed in the criminal complaint. The charge for all of them is conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth.

Last of all, one cannot help but notice in a long list of people arrested for meth over in Nodaway County that there is a 40 year old Randy Wagaman and a 28 year old Brent Wagaman: likely to be related to one another, although we can’t say for sure.

The educational measures being taken to fight the war on drugs often reach out to parents and children in an effort to have those who are older and hopefully wiser teach their children about the dangers involved. But at least in some instances, the words must go in one ear and out the other because it’s their livelihood, or their habit, or both that is being attacked.

The family that jails together, fails together.

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