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Iowa City man faces felony drug charges after search of home

In Iowa, a conviction on drug trafficking charges can result in a stiff sentence. Judges and prosecutors will often show some leniency to those arrested for simple drug possession, but rarely for those charged with drug distribution. Fortunately, anyone accused of a drug offense has the right to fight the charges in court.

Recently an Iowa City man was charged with multiple felonies after police searched his home. Police claim they found a quarter of an ounce of cocaine and half a pound of marijuana in the house on Sandusky Street. The search was conducted by a multiagency task force pursuant to a warrant. According to Iowa City police, someone had previously named the 21-year-old man as a drug dealer.

The man now faces felony charges of cocaine and marijuana possession with intent to distribute. He has also been charged with a violation of the state drug tax stamp law, also a felony.

A news report of the arrest does not identify the source who identified the defendant as a supplier of illicit drugs. In cases like this police and prosecutors often rely on information from paid informants, or from defendants in other cases who are cooperating with authorities in order to have their own charges or sentences reduced. Their credibility can often be challenged at trial by showing their motivation for testifying against the defendant.

Other defenses to drug trafficking charges include challenging the legality of the search, or offering evidence the drugs did not belong to the defendant or that he did not know they were present in the home. A criminal defense attorney can help a defendant develop a defense strategy based on the unique facts and legal issues in the case.

Source: The Gazette, "Police say cocaine, marijuana found in Iowa City home," Lee Hermiston, Oct. 13, 2016

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