Attorney’s Office

Drug and Gang Bureau

The Polk County Attorney’s Office Drug and Gang Bureau consists of six attorneys, three legal assistants and two secretaries. The Drug and Gang Bureau prosecutes the drug crimes committed in Polk County as well as the gang related crimes (crimes committed by gang members and crimes committed based on a gang related motive). Five of the lawyers handle the majority of the felony drug crimes and the sixth attorney handles primarily the misdemeanor and enhanced felony drug crimes. The lawyers assigned to this docket are on-call and available to assist law enforcement with matters such as charging decisions, legal questions, investigative suggestions and search warrants, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. A legal assistant is assigned to assist the felony drug attorneys. A legal assistant is assigned to the attorney who handles the misdemeanor and enhanced felony drug cases. The third legal assistant is assigned to assist with the civil forfeiture docket.

The Drug and Gang Bureau prosecutes the majority of the civil forfeitures in Polk County. Civil forfeiture involves the seizure and forfeiture of money and other property proven to be proceeds from criminal activity, used or intended to be used to facilitate criminal activity, or in some other manner substantially related to conduct giving rise to forfeiture as defined in Iowa Code section 809A.

Staff:

6 Attorneys
3 Legal Assistants
2 Legal Secretaries

Facts On Gangs - What Every Citizen Should Know 

Drug Activity Complaints (non-emergency)

City of Des Moines (515) 283-4830 - - - Des Moines Police Department Narcotics Control Section
Polk County and Metro Suburbs (515) 223-1400 - - - Crime-stoppers which forward all drug-related to the Mid Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.

Drug-related Links:


State of Iowa - Division of Narcotics Enforcement

Contact Us

Polk County Attorney's Office
Polk County Justice Center
222 Fifth Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 286-3737
Fax: (515) 286-3428
Email: ctyatty@polkcountyiowa.gov