MASON CITY | A Swaledale man detained for an OWI investigation early Monday morning has been charged with possessing meth, cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana.

A Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Chris Bruce, 45, in the 500 block of South Carolina Avenue about 1:53 a.m. Monday for an equipment violation.

The deputy observed a torch in plain view, charging documents said, and Bruce allegedly admitted to recently using meth, marijuana and alcohol, as well as having meth pipes in the vehicle.

Field sobriety tests determined Bruce was likely under the influence of narcotics, according to court documents.

Before the vehicle was towed, a deputy located a box with a “large quantity of marijuana in a built-in tool box attached to the vehicle,” according to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department criminal complaint. The exact quantity was not specified in court documents.

“Further probable cause search yielded a large quality of meth (over 5 grams), cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and a large amount of cash hidden within a natural void of the vehicle,” court documents said. A search also yielded a scale and baggies law enforcement said are typically used for narcotics sales.

Bruce had a “lack of convergence,” or the inability to focus on an item as it neared the bridge of his nose, the deputy noted in court documents, and was drowsy on the way to the jail and during the pre-booking process.

“Mr. Bruce also could not keep his eyes open while on the way the Sheriff’s Office, which indicated he was probably coming down from his ‘high,’” the deputy wrote in charging documents.

Bruce refused chemical testing, according to court documents.

He has been charged with:

• Possession with intent to deliver – methamphetamine.

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• Possession with intent to deliver – marijuana.

• Possession of a controlled substance – cocaine – third or subsequent offense.

• Possession of a controlled substance – psilocybin mushroom – third or subsequent offense.

• Operating while under the influence – first offense.

• Failure to affix a drug tax stamp.

• Possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held without bond in the Cerro Gordo County Jail. A court date hasn’t been set.

Bruce pleaded guilty to two drug-related offenses in Cerro Gordo County in 1996 and 2000, court records indicate.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in 1996 for furnishing controlled substances to inmates, and 10 years in prison in 2000 for a controlled substance violation.

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