Man arrested for heroin possession

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 18, 2011 7:20 AM

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Police arrested an Iowa City man Wednesday after allegedly finding heroin during a vehicle search.

Christopher Betsworth, 23, 519 S. Dodge St. Apt. 2, was charged Wednesday with possession of heroin and OWI.

The police complaint said Iowa City police stopped Betsworth Feb. 16 for an equipment violation.

After giving officers consent to search his vehicle, police found several corner tear baggies with residue, a spoon with residue, and a hypodermic needle.

The defendant told police heroin was his drug of choice when asked, and said the powder in the bags was heroin.

Betsworth also told officers he had used heroin within three hours of being stopped, the report said.

Officers then took Betsworth to the police station and determined he was under the influence of heroin and marijuana, making him unable to safely drive a vehicle.

Possession of a controlled substance is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of $1,875.

First-offense OWI is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $1,250.

— by Hayley Bruce

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