On Oct. 24, police in North Liberty, Iowa tried to conduct a traffic stop at about 10:30 p.m. on Rustic Ridge Road NE. However, when police tried to make contact with the 23-year-old driver, he took off running. When police searched the vehicle, they found two baggies of cocaine, which was the basis for a search warrant executed at a home on Hodge Street.
When the police arrived at the home on Oct. 25, they found the driver of the vehicle in addition to a 27-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman inside. There was also a variety of drugs including LSD, marijuana and cocaine located in the kitchen and bedroom in addition to drug paraphernalia. There was also a 6-year-old child found in the home who slept on a mattress near where the drugs were kept.
The 23-year-old was charged with driving while barred, interference with official acts and a controlled substance violation. The 27-year-old man was charged with a count of child endangerment as well as four counts of possessing a controlled substance. The woman was charged with a count of child endangerment as well as five counts of possessing a controlled substance. If convicted, they could all face several years in prison.
Individuals who are convicted on drug offenses may face a variety of penalties including prison time. An attorney may be able to review a case and help an individual get a favorable outcome in his or her case. In some cases, it may be possible to have charges thrown out or to obtain an acquittal after a trial. Plea bargains may also be negotiated that may reduce or eliminate some or all penalties that a person may face.