Search warrant leaves IC man with multiple drug charges

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 15, 2011 7:20 AM

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A local man faces multiple drug charges after Iowa City police served a search warrant at his home.

Philip Galen Ballew, 20, 525 Iowa Avenue Apt.1, was charged March 3 with keeping a drug house, controlled substance violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police reports said a search of Ballew’s bedroom allegedly yielded marijuana, drug paraphernalia, packing material, scales and money.

Officials say it’s “clear” that Ballew had recently sold a large quantity of marijuana. Police reports said he later admitted to possessing marijuana.

A controlled substance violation of 50 kilograms of marijuana is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in a prison and a maximum fine of $7,500. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $625. Keeping a drug house is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250.

—by Brian Albert

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