Two people charged after search warrant executed in Avoca

AVOCA – A search warrant executed in Avoca last week resulted in the arrest of two people.

According to the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, the warrant was executed at 720 SW Second Street, where there is only a garage. Court documents show agents knocked on both doors, but no one was inside. They then went to the door of a camper located near the garage and knocked, receiving no answer.


An agent opened the door and found 54-year-old Lane Del Onken of Slayton sitting in front of the door. When the agent attempted to restrain Onken, he allegedly resisted, but was eventually handcuffed. Also located in a bed in the camper was 36-year-old Misty Marie Skillings of Hadley, who left the camper as instructed and was handcuffed.

During the search of the camper, agents found methamphetamine, numerous paraphernalia with meth residue, a torch, a scale, hypodermic needles and tourniquets. More needles were found in a fish house on the property, and inside the garage, agents found rifle cartridges and shotgun shells. Information from the task force states a 9 mm handgun was also found.

Both Onken and Skillings were placed under arrest. During an interview with law enforcement, Skillings allegedly stated she had been staying at the camper on and off over the past month.

Onken, who has past convictions for drugs and burglary, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm/ammo, fifth-degree controlled substance possession and drug paraphernalia. Bail with conditions was set at $10,000. Skillings was charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession and drug paraphernalia. She was released on her own recognizance.


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