Arizona fugitive found in Iowa, officials say

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) -- A drug suspect sought by Arizona since 1997 has been arrested in the northwest Iowa city of Storm Lake.

Police say Jesus Carlos Soto, 40, was arrested Wednesday at a construction site. He'd been working under another name -- Ramon Gonzalez Soto -- at a company called Denison Dry Wall.

The 17-year-old warrants issued by Maricopa County authorities alleged possession of narcotics for sale and possession of marijuana for sale.

Maricopa County investigators tipped Storm Lake police on Wednesday that the FBI suspected Soto may be living in Storm Lake in northwest Iowa.The small city is located about 2.5 hours northwest of capital city of Des Moines.

Soto remained in Buena Vista County Jail on Friday. He's being held without bail, awaiting extradition to Arizona.

According to information from the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office, Soto also faces local charges of identity theft and providing false information to police.

It's unclear whether he has an attorney.