Four Iowa City residents charged in meth bust

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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Four Iowa City residents were charged with six drug-related crimes on Sunday, according to police reports.

Officers conducted an investigation at 1211 Sandusky Drive following a report of suspicious activities. According to reports, police spoke with residents and saw signs of drug manufacturing.

Later, officers executed a search warrant and seized several items.

Terry Lee Griffin, 24, Joyce Ann Oxford, 40, Timothy Donald Messier, 28, and Charles Norman Griffin, 67, were all charged with possession of a controlled-substance precursor and keeping a drug house.

Possession of a controlled-substance precursor — in this case, ephedrine, a common substance in methamphetamine — is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.

Keeping a drug house is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a $6,250 fine.

— by Sam Lane

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