North Liberty man faces numerous charges

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 12, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City police report that a traffic stop has resulted in a North Liberty man facing many charges.

Tyler Stewart, 23, was charged Wednesday with possession of a controlled substance in a vehicle, possession or distribution of a taxable substance without tax stamp, two counts of controlled-substance violation, and OWI.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, officers ran Stewart’s license plate, and using that information, ran his driver’s license. They discovered there was an arrest warrant out for the registered owner.

Officers made a traffic stop and reportedly observed Stewart had a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slow movements, and slurred speech.

He reportedly fumbled for his paperwork, swayed while standing, and had poor balance.

Stewart failed all field sobriety tests and refused to take a preliminary breath test and Datamaster testing.

Stewart allegedly admitted he was.

While Stewart was taking the sobriety tests, a K-9 handler said his dog alerted him about the vehicle. A search was conducted, and officers reportedly located a plastic bottle containing 46 pills with a white powdery substance.

The substance was tested positive as MDMA — Molly or Ecstasy. Stewart reportedly admitted the pills had this substance in them.

In addition, officers located a large jar containing 16 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and numerous small zip-lock bags.

He also had an abundance of cash in his pockets. 

Possession of a controlled substance in a vehicle is an aggravated misdemeanor. Possession or distribution of a taxable substance without tax stamp is a Class-D felony. Controlled-substance violation is a Class-C felony. OWI is a serious misdemeanor.

— by Megan Sanchez

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