Cedar Rapids man faces fifth charge for possession of a controlled substance


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A Cedar Rapids man faces felony drug charges following an Oct. 8 traffic stop near the First Avenue and Interstate 80 interchange in Coralville.

According to a Coralville police complaint, Filmon Habte, 30, was charged after officers conducted a traffic stop and discovered Habte had an extraditable warrant out of Benton County. The complaint said Habte refused a consent search of his vehicle.

A K-9 officer alerted on Habte’s vehicle, prompting a search by police, the complaint said. A marijuana joint and a pipe were located in Habte’s cooler in the vehicle, according to the complaint.

The complaint said Habte has four prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance. He is charged with third-and-subsequent possession of a controlled substance, a Class-D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $7,500.

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