UI student faces several drug charges

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

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A University of Iowa student faces numerous charges after police allegedly found several gallon zip-lock bags of marijuana in his home.

Joshua Totten Beckermann, 24, 910 N. Dodge St., was charged Dec. 7 with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, Iowa drug tax-stamp violation, keeping a drug house, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a complaint from Iowa City police, officers arrived at Beckermann's residence after a roommate reported suspected drug use to police.

When officers arrived, the complaint said a roommate let them in through the garage and permitted them to search common areas of the house.

Upon entering the living room, police allegedly saw Beckermann sitting on the couch with a green Frisbee with a green leafy substance on it.

After obtaining a consent to search, the complaint said police found several gallon zip lock bags of marijuana in a living-room desk. Police also found a "pay-owe" ledger sheet on the kitchen counter, a digital scale with a green leafy substance on it, a box of sandwich bags with a green leafy substance around it, and cell phones, the complaint said.

The complaint said Beckermann admitted the substance was marijuana but denied that the marijuana in the house was being sold.

— by Hayley Bruce

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