Three men are facing charges after a police search in an apartment in Iowa City led to the seizure of approximately pounds of marijuana and thousands of dollars. Local police obtained a state narcotics warrant and searched a Johnson St. home on Feb. 27. There, they claim that they discovered $25,000 in cash as well as more than two pounds of marijuana. Police also say that they found pills in the apartment, including Xanax, methadone and Adderall. During the search, two men in the apartment were arrested.
The 21-year-old and 20-year-old men were accused of possession of a controlled substance, failure to affix a drug stamp and a controlled substance violation, all of which are Class D felonies. The 21-year-old allegedly had 1.84 pounds of marijuana in his bedroom as well as $23,325, packaging materials and smoking devices. In the 20-year-old's room, police say they found 167.5 grams of marijuana and $1,115 in cash. They also say they searched the men's phones and found descriptions of selling drugs. The 21-year-old could face 15 years in prison and the 20-year-old a 12-year prison sentence if convicted.
A third man who also lives in the home was arrested on lesser allegations. He is accused of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana first offense and possession of a controlled substance. Unlike the other two men's charges, he is accused only of misdemeanors. When police searched his room, they found 4 grams of marijuana and $570 in cash as well as smoking materials. However, he could still potentially face over two years in prison.
People who have been handed drug charges could face serious consequences if a conviction is obtained. Accordingly, they might find it advisable to meet with an attorney as soon as possible so that a defense strategy can be constructed.