Local man arrested after carrying seven grams of marijuana on him


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A local man was arrested after Iowa City police Special Response Team reportedly located seven grams of marijuana plus 21 individually packed marijuana bags.

Roberto Leyva, 27, was accused Jan. 31 with possession of controlled substances, taxable substance distributing without a tax stamp, and controlled-substance violation.

Law-enforcement officials executed a narcotics search warrant at Leyva’s residence, said the police complaint. Officers reportedly located marijuana separated into 21 individually packaged in plastic baggies, an additional seven grams of marijuana, scales, packaging materials, and approximately $800. The money was in small denominations, which is consistent with the proceeds from drug sales, the police complaint said. Officers also located a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun with bullets.

Leyva reportedly admitted to selling marijuana and possessing the handgun.

Possession of controlled substances is an aggravated misdemeanor. Taxable substance distributing without a tax stamp is a Class-D felony. Controlled substance violation is a class-D felony.

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