MASON CITY | A Mason City woman wanted in Floyd County was arrested on drug charges in Mason City Tuesday. 

Aranda Jo Cowell, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of a controlled substance — third offense.

Police found a baggie of suspected methamphetamine and a glass pipe in Cowell's coat pocket during a search of her person around 8:35 p.m. in the 300 block of North Washington Avenue, court documents say. 


Cowell was also wanted in Floyd County for a probation violation. If her probation is revoked, she could face 10 years in prison. 

She previously lived in Charles City, where Floyd County District Court ordered suspended prison sentences for obtaining prescription drugs by fraudulent means and two counts of prohibited acts in 2015. 

In 2013, Cowell was accused of using fraudulent methods to obtain other people's prescription medications, including those containing morphine and hydrocodone, court records say.

She is being held on a $15,000 bond in the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

Cowell has entered a written plea of not guilty to the drug charges. A non-jury trial has been scheduled for April 13 in Cerro Gordo County District Court. 

— Courtney Fiorini

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.