Three Iowa City residents arrested on drug charges

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 14, 2010 7:10 AM

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Authorities have arrested three Iowa City residents on drug-related charges.

Robin Svec, 25, and Eric Conrad, 26, both of 727 E. Washington St., were charged Sunday with keeping a drug house and possession of a controlled substance. Svec, a former Daily Iowan staffer, was also charged with unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

Jessica Farrell, 29, 802 E. Washington St., was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance after police reportedly found psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and marijuana paraphenalia in the room at 727 E. Washington St. she occupied.

According to Iowa City police, officers responded to Svec's residence from a report of a marijuana smell coming from the building. Officers reportedly saw a pipe in plain view after being invited into the house.

Svec allegedly denied owning the pipe and denied police permission to search the residence without a warrant. Officers said they obtained a warrant after finding more marijuana and marijuana paraphenalia. Police found a bottle of pills — identified as the prescription drug Biaxin — without a label, police reports show.

Conrad came home during the search, police said. Conrad reportedly told officers he knew his roommates smoked marijuana but denied knowledge of the paraphenalia.

Officers also found some residents were dealing and consuming controlled substances in the house.

Officers arrested Farrell after reportedly finding psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and marijuana paraphernalia in her room. She denied living there, despite the presence of clothing and backpacks.

— by Nina Earnest

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