A parolee arrested in Iowa is facing a series of drug charges, including distribution of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of hydrocodone. While he was arrested by police in Bettendorf in October 2017, he also has criminal cases pending on drug charges in Muscatine and Rock Island counties.
In addition, the man is on parole from a prior conviction in Illinois. He is charged in Scott County with a count of possession with intent to deliver heroin of not more than 100 grams; this felony charge could lead to 10 years in prison. He is also charged with a Class D felony, failure to affix the Iowa drug tax stamp. He is also charged with serious misdemeanors, including unlawful possession of hydrocodone and possession of marijuana.
Police claim to have found 15 capsules of heroin, two hydrocodone pills and 1.2 grams of marijuana during a traffic stop. He was booked and released. However, two days after that stop, he was arrested again in October 2017 in Montpelier, this time charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin. He had 1.8 grams of heroin with him at the time as well as 16.9 grams of marijuana. He was already facing existing charges for possession of a controlled substance dating back to a September arrest; he has been out on parole since 2016 from his Illinois prison sentence for previous drug charges. He could be sent back to prison to complete his sentence.
People dealing with drug charges could face serious and lifelong consequences if a conviction is obtained. As a result, it can be advisable for people in such a situation to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that a strategy to counter the allegations can be constructed.