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More arrests in Broken Arrow operation

PRIMGHAR, Iowa -- The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office released the names of several more individuals arrested in the "Broken Arrow" operation that has now put at least 22 people behind bars in northwest Iowa.

The Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) and local sheriff and police departments have invested countless hours into a year and a half long undercover investigation, with initial arrests being made in late April in Dickinson County.

The most recent arrests were those of 35-year-old Robert Leroy Peters Jr., of Hartley, Iowa; 44-year-old Billy Joe Engelkes, Hartley; and 22-year-old William Joseph Reuter IV, Melvin, Iowa. Engelkes and Reuter were both charged with delivery of a controlled substance, while Peters was charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. All of the charges are class D felonies and punishable by up to five years in prison.

All three were booked into the O'Brien County Jail.

A prior "Broken Arrow" arrest was made April 7, when 18-year-old Zackery Eon Buckwald, Sanborn, Iowa, was arrested for two counts of deliver of a controlled substance-methamphetamine. He is presently being held in the Osceola County Jail on the O'Brien County charge.

More arrests are expected as the investigation continues.