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Welfare check leads to drug charges in Iowa City

Many times, police respond to a location because concerned friends, family or neighbors report suspicions or request a welfare check on someone. When suspicious activity or illegal substances are found on the premises, a welfare check can turn into an arrest. Police say that was the case recently in Iowa City.

A 32-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were arrested May 16. Each party now faces a charge of possession of a precursor to a controlled substance. The woman also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The arrests occurred after police went to the Iowa City home after receiving a call about the 38-year-old man. While on the phone with the man, an acquaintance allegedly heard the woman and the man fighting. The acquaintance called police to report that the man may have been using meth.

Police say that when they arrived at the residence, both individuals were outside in front of the house. Police also claimed that the man and woman appeared under the influence. A search of the property was conducted, allegedly turning up a number of items that can be used to produce methamphetamine. Those items included household products such as lithium batteries, coffee filters, pseudoephedrine and drain cleaner.

According to reports, the woman told police that she and the man recently used meth. Police also claim that she admitted that some of the drug was left in the home, and police say she showed them some powder in her bathroom. Allegedly, the woman also told police that she planned to cook meth with the items found at the residence.

Whether or not the police complaint can be fully substantiated with evidence remains to be seen. Police must follow proper procedure and have probable cause to conduct a property search, and in many cases, criminal charges are dropped after all of the verifiable facts are brought to light. Anyone accused of a meth-related crime would be wise to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Source: The Gazette, "Two face meth charges after welfare check at Iowa City home," Lee Hermiston, May 19, 2014

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