Search Warrants Executed at Cylinder Area Pub, Owner Facing Multiple Felonies

–A Pub owner in Palo Alto County is facing multiple charges, including several felonies, as part of an ongoing investigation between state and local law enforcement agencies. 

According to the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies executed a search warrant at Molly Maguire’s Pub near Cylinder Friday around 9:30 AM. While executing the search warrants, Deputies also arrested the pub’s owner, 61-year-old Ronald Dean Smith.  

The warrants came as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Department of Revenue and the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.  

Smith is facing charges of: 

Ongoing Criminal Conduct—Class B Felony 

Fraudulent Sales Practice over $10,000—Class C Felony 

Sales Tax Evasion—Class D Felony 

Felon in Possession of a Firearm—Class D Felony 

No Sales Tax Permit—Serious Misdemeanor 

Possession of a Controlled Substance—Serious Misdemeanor 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia—Simple Misdemeanor 

Licensee Supplying Alcohol to a Minor—Simple Misdemeanor 

Smith was booked into the Palo Alto County Jail, with a cash only bond set at $50,000 following an initial court appearance.