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Palo Alto County Bar Owner Arrested on Multiple Charges

June 21, 2022 9:17am

A search warrant executed on a bar has resulted in the arrest of its owner on multiple charges.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office says a search warrant was executed last Friday, June 17th at Molly Maguires Pub as part of an ongoing investigation. Following the search, the establishment’s owner, 61-year-old Ronald Dean Smith was charged with ongoing criminal conduct, fraudulent sales practice over ten-thousand dollars, sales tax evasion, felon in possession of a firearm, no sales tax permit, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and licensee supplying alcohol to a person under the legal age. Smith was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail on a 50-thousand dollar bond.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the O'Brien County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, Iowa Department of Revenue, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, and the Palo Alto County Attorney’s Office.

(courtesy KUOO in Spirit Lake)