Man charged with possessing controlled substance, allegedly cocaine

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 24, 2013 5:00 AM

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An Iowa City man has been accused of possessing cocaine. 

Justin Washpun, 35, was charged Wednesday with subsequent-offense possession of a controlled substance. 

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers reportedly witnessed Washpun making a hand-to-hand transaction with another person. When Washpun spotted the officers, he began walking away briskly.

Officers arrested him for public intoxication, then allegedly found a rolled up dollar bill with a rocky, white substance in it, believed to be crack cocaine. 

Washpun has several controlled substance convictions, his most recent being on Apr. 6, 2001, and June 6, 2008.

Subsequent-offense possession of a controlled substance is a Class-D felony.

— by Megan Sanchez

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