Area Law Enforcement Agencies Work Together To Investigate Methamphetamine Distribution In Storm Lake

Following an investigation into methamphetamine distribution, the Storm Lake Police Department’s Tactical Entry Team, the Buena Vista County Emergency Response Team and the Sac County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit executed a search warrant in Storm Lake on Wednesday morning that resulted in the arrest of several individuals. The warrant was executed at 1105 West 5th Street at approximately 10:30 a.m., where authorities found about 1.2 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $19,000, along with a semi-automatic handgun and just over $400 in cash. Thirty-three-year-old Bounpane Phaymany and 26-year-old Brenda Vang were in the home at the time with four young children, ages three to six. Phaymany was arrested and charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class B felony, failure to affix a drug stamp, a class D felony, and four counts of child endangerment, a class D felony. He was booked into the Buena Vista County jail on a $25,000 bond. Vang was charged with four counts of child endangerment and booked into the county jail on a $5,000 bond. The children were remanded to the custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services. While the officers were still on the premises, 24-year-old Dylan Gustafson of Aurelia arrived at the scene. He was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, two ounces of marijuana, over $8,500 in cash and a semi-automatic handgun. Gustafson was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana, both serious misdemeanors. He was booked into the county jail on a $1,000 bond. Gustafson did have a permit to carry, but his gun, along with all other weapons, cash and drugs, was seized by the authorities. The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Service and the Buena Vista County Attorney’s Office also assisted with the investigation.