MASON CITY | A Mason City man was arrested after law enforcement found meth and a loaded handgun during a search warrant. 

Frank Salvador Alvarado, 46, was charged with three felonies -- a controlled substance violation, failure to affix drug tax stamp and possession of a firearm as a felon.

At about 5:49 p.m. Monday, the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at Alvarado's home on the 1300 block of North Jersey Avenue in Mason City, as well as a vehicle. 

The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office said in a news release officers confiscated two guns, cash and a "large amount of suspected methamphetamine."

Court documents say Alvarado admitting to owning the meth, which amounted to about 30 grams, or slightly more than an ounce. 

Alvarado also had a loaded 9mm SCCY handgun with 10 rounds, including one in the chamber, charging documents said. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from owning guns.

He was arrested and booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 bond. No court date has been set.

Clear Lake Police Department, Mason City Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the North Central Iowa Narcotics Task Force Special Operations Group provided assistance in the case. 

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