Officials conduct a public intoxication arrest that turns into a prescription drug offense

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 09, 2013 5:00 AM

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A Manchester man has been accused of possessing drugs.

Nathan Barron, 33, was charged Sept. 6 with first-offense possession of prescription drugs.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers responded to Gabe’s, 330 E. Washington St., after receiving a complaint about a man throwing things in the bar.

The officer identified the defendant, stumbling down the sidewalk, by the description he had been given. The defendant had a Mohawk haircut, and he was wearing sunglasses at night.

Both bar staff and the defendant’s girlfriend confirmed the actions in the bar.

When the officer spoke with Barron, he noticed slurred speech, red and watery eyes, poor balance, and the smell of ingested alcohol. At this time, the officer put him under arrest for public intoxication.

While conducting a search of the defendant, the officer discovered a pill in his right front pocket, wrapped in a cigar wrapper. The pill was identified as clonazepam.

Under Miranda, Barron reportedly said the pill was not prescribed to him but to a friend.

First-offense possession of prescription drugs is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Megan Sanchez

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