Authorities make drug arrests

Pictured from left: Daniel Edwin Allsup, Justin Douglas Pattison and Brittany Byrnes. (Court of the Fayette County Jail)

A pair of eventful traffic stops, the second search of a Sumner home in six months and illegal drug seizures added up to multiple charges against a trio of people, according to a news release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

The first traffic stop was on March 30 by a sheriff’s deputy allegedly for speeding in Wadena. As the vehicle pulled over, a man later identified as Justin Douglas Pattison, 40 of Sumner, popped out of it and ran into a nearby residence.

Another passenger, Daniel Edwin Allsup, 58, of Wadena, was arrested on two counts third-offense possession of a controlled substance — marijuana and methamphetamine —- Class D felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The driver, Brittany Byrnes, 32, of Sumner, was cited for no insurance and operating a non-registered vehicle.

After Pattison was located, he was arrested on a charge of interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor. Pattison and Allsup were both transported to Fayette County Jail.

At about 10:45 p.m. on April 7, authorities made another traffic stop involving Pattison and Byrnes, this time in Sumner. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol and West Union Police Department canine unit executed a search warrant of the vehicle

Authorities made the stop because a felony arrest warrant was out for Pattison and they had a search warrant for the vehicle. Pattison was arrested on charges of distribution of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and third-offense possession methamphetamine, a Class D felony. 

Byrnes was driving and she was arrested on a first-offense possession of methamphetamine.

Authorities also report there were two children in the vehicle. Pattison and Byrnes were additionally charged with two counts of aggravated child endangerment.

Pattison and Byrnes were both jailed.

Pattison and Byrnes were charged with more drug violations after authorities executed another search warrant at 12738 Y Avenue, Sumner, that same evening. West Union Police Department’s drug canine was deployed and multiple grams of controlled substances and paraphernalia were found and seized, the sheriff reports.

This is the second search warrant executed for illegal substances at this address in the last 6 months, the sheriff reports.

During the execution of the search warrants multiple grams of marijuana and methamphetamine were found and seized. Just under $500 in US. Currency was found and seized as well, the sheriff reports.

Sheriff Marty Fisher thanks all agencies for coming together and assisting in this operation.