A long-term weapons-trafficking investigation conducted jointly by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Fairfield Police Department and several other local law enforcement agencies culminated in a joint operation on Thursday night in Rural Wapello County near Hedrick. At that time a high-risk warrant was executed on the home of Gregory Warnke.
Warnke was found to be in possession of a number of illicit offensive weapons and weapons devices, including rifles illicitly modified as well as equipment and gear used in the manufacture of firearms. He was also found to be in possession of meth and marijuana, possibly leading to additional controlled substance charges.
Warnke is a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm is illegal in the State. Mr. Warnke is presently being held in the Wapello County Jail awaiting initial appearance.
Participating in the investigation were the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office, Ottumwa Police Department, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, with support from the Jefferson and Wapello County Attorney’s offices.