Several IC men face drug charges

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 16, 2011 7:20 AM

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Three Iowa City men face drug charges after police executed a search warrant on their apartment Wednesday night.

According to a series of complaints by Iowa City police, Jacob Pickens, 19, John Koenen, 20, and Joseph Mescher, 19, were charged after officers executed a search warrant at their apartment, 325 E. College St. Apt. 1628.

The complaints said the residents were smoking marijuana when officers entered. During the search, officers allegedly located a glass bong and a small amount of marijuana in Koenen's bedroom, and 19 grams of marijuana, a scale, and $100 in cash in Mescher's bedroom.

The complaint said officers arrived and found Pickens and another subject locked in Pickens' bedroom smoking marijuana, and the door had to be forced open. During the search of Pickens' bedroom, officers allegedly located two packages of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Pickens is charged with possession of a controlled substance and gathering for the use of marijuana, Koenen is charged with possession of a controlled substance and keeping a drug house. Mescher is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and keeping a drug house.

—by Matt Starns

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