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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 10, 2009 7:30 AM

Woman, two sons face drug charges

Iowa City police arrested a local woman and her two sons on drug charges Wednesday night.
Cathleen Vogel, 50, George Vogel, 18, and Adam Vogel, 21, all of 2411 Crestview Ave., were charged with permitting the use of a controlled substance in a structure and possession of marijuana.

According to Iowa City police, officers served a search warrant at Vogel’s home. Upon their arrival, Adam Vogel answered the door and said, “I know why you are here,” reports show.
Officers said they found cash and marijuana in the residence, as well as digital scales, packaging materials, and other paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking. Adam Vogel reportedly admitted he uses drugs in the house, friends use drugs there as well, and he deals drugs out of the house.

While officers were at the house, a number of people stopped at the residence and admitted they were there to purchase drugs, police said. George Vogel denied selling drugs, but police allege he used the lower level of the house, where he stayed, to use and sell drugs.

Cathleen Vogel also reportedly admitted she uses marijuana supplied by George Vogel and stated she had just finished using marijuana prior to officers’ arrival. Police found her sitting in the basement with numerous smoking devices and other paraphernalia in her immediate reach.

Possession of marijuana is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500. Permitting the use of a controlled substance in a structure is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $6,250.

— by Regina Zilbermints

20 alleged illegals arrested on I-80

Iowa City police allegedly found 20 illegal immigrants after officers pulled over a van traveling on Interstate 80 Thursday morning.

Police stopped the van for a traffic infraction between Dubuque Street and Prairie Du Chien Road. Officers called Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they became suspicious of immigration violations, immigration-agency spokesman Tim Counts said. Immigration officials arrived at approximately 10 a.m.

The immigrants’ nationalities are currently unknown, Counts said, though all 20 are in the process of being interviewed at the agency’s Cedar Rapids office.

All 20 will face deportation proceedings and will have the opportunity to appear before a federal judge, Counts said. This process can take anywhere from a few days to several months, and occasionally stretches to years.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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