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.
In Iowa, like in many regions of the country and the world, possession of controlled substances may be a criminal offense. Depending on the type of substance a person has as well as the quantity in their possession, people could be charged with serious misdemeanors or felonies, and they could face penalties ranging from fines to prison time.
An Iowa man was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, as he traveled to Storm Lake. The Iowa Division of Narcotics and Cherokee County Sheriff's Department advised local police in Storm Lake that the 36-year-old man from Quimby was traveling to a business in town. There were reportedly warrants issued for the man from several counties in the state, indicating that he had a history of violence and was likely to be armed.
Under current Iowa law, a person found in possession of a marijuana joint can be sentenced to up to six months in jail. That may be in addition to a $1,000 fine for a first offense. However, Senate File 432 is the most recent effort to relax penalties for first offenders in the state. If passed, those in possession of less than 5 grams of marijuana would be charged with a misdemeanor.
A 48-year-old man from Rockford has learned that not following proper firearm safety protocols can have severe consequences. The man was sentenced to 15 years in a federal prison on Feb. 12 on drug trafficking and firearms charges, but police only became aware of his alleged activities because of an injury he suffered while cleaning one of his guns. The Rockford resident was sentenced after entering into a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors.
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.
Five people are facing drug charges in Iowa related to the distribution of methamphetamine. Three of the men are from Iowa, and one is from Missouri.
An Iowa man has been sentenced to up to five years and two days after pleading guilty to methamphetamine possession. The charge arose out of a traffic stop in October.
On Dec. 18, it was reported that two individuals were charged with drug offenses after methamphetamine was found in their vehicle during an Iowa traffic stop. Authorities said that the vehicle was stopped on Dec. 15 after the driver was observed running a red light.
On Dec. 8, six Iowa residents were taken into custody for possession of various drugs after two raids were conducted. The first drug raid occurred in the 200 block of Fourth Avenue NW in Waukon while the second search warrant was executed at a residence located in the 1600 block of Arrowhead Lane in New Albin.