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BY DI STAFF | JULY 02, 2015 5:00 AM

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Man faces drug charge

Authorities have accused an Iowa man of possessing drugs and paraphernalia in his vehicle.

Eric Young, 43, Hiawatha, Iowa, was charged Sunday with third or subsequent possession of controlled substance.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, authorities were driving behind Young’s white 2012 Honda Accord when they ran the vehicle’s registration.

After checking the car’s registration, authorities found out it was wanted. A traffic stop was conducted, and Young was found in the passenger seat.

A K9 conducted an open-air sniff around the vehicle and indicated a positive alert for the scent of narcotics.

Police conducted a search, which allegedly revealed several glass pipes with methamphetamine residue, packaging materials, scales, and a white, clear crystal substance on the back seat that tested positive for amphetamines.

Young has numerous prior possession and controlled-substance convictions.

Third or subsequent possession of controlled substance is a Class-D felony.

Area man charged with sexual abuse

Authorities have accused an Iowa man of sexual abusing a female.

Steven Harper, 21, Kalona, was charged Nov. 1, 2014, with third-degree sexual abuse.

According to a Washington, Iowa, police complaint, Harper committed sexual abuse by engaging in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old female.

Harper is a little more than five years older than the female.

Third-degree sexual abuse is a Class-C felony.

IC man faces numerous charges

Authorities have accused a local man of possessing marijuana and other violations.

Marco Rameriz-Delabra, 20, 839 Spring Ridge Drive Lot 139, was charged June 24 with possession of burglar’s tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, and controlled-substance violation.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, authorities were dispatched to the back of a private parking lot after a report of suspicious vehicle in it.

Rameriz-Delabra was sitting in a black Ford Mustang and stepped out of the driver’s door; smoke came out of the vehicle, the complaint said.

Officers said they could smell burnt marijuana and observed a green substance on the center console. A passenger stepped out of the vehicle and authorities found green, leafy substance and smelled of marijuana.

Rameriz-Delabra allegedly admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. A search was conducted on the vehicle, and police reportedly found a bag that contained a toy gun, red bandana, gas mask, rubber gloves, concrete cylinder, and Leatherman drilling tools.

Possession of burglar’s tools is an aggravated misdemeanor. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a simple misdemeanor. Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

Man charged with theft, forgery

Authorities have accused a local man of using a stolen credit card at Panchero’s.

Danny Morales, 22, 520 S. Capitol St., was charged June 26 with fifth-degree theft and forgery.
According to an Iowa City police complaint, a woman left her wristlet on a table to dance while at Bardot.

Morales was reportedly seen on a security video taking the wristlet off the table and going to the restroom. He then came out of the bathroom with the wristlet and threw it behind the ATM.

The contents of the wristlet were found in the garbage in the bathroom, the complaint said.

Morales used the woman’s credit card at Panchero’s for $11.13 and was spotted there by the woman. Authorities arrested Morales at 5:50 a.m.; they said the credit card still in his wallet.

Morales told authorities he did not mean to use the credit card and made a mistake while drunk.

Fifth-degree theft is a simple misdemeanor. Forgery is a Class-D felony.

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