Iowa City police find pot, ecstasy on suspect during traffic stop

Suspect was also carrying 'an abundance' of cash, reports say

Published: December 11 2013 | 8:40 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:43 am in
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Police said they found various drugs in a North Liberty man's vehicle after a traffic stop early Wednesday morning.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, 23-year-old Tyler J. Stewart was seen driving a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix in the area of Summit Street and Sheridan Avenue around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Police ran the vehicle's license plate, which came back with a hit for an arrest warrant for the registered owner.

Police said when they pulled Stewart over he smelled strongly of alcohol and showed other signs of intoxication. After failing field sobriety tests and admitting he was drunk, Stewart was placed under arrest for drunken driving.

A K9 officer was called to perform a drug sniff on Stewart's vehicle and the dog alerted to the presence of narcotics. Police searched the vehicle and found a large jar containing 16 grams of marijuana, 46 pills later determined to be MDMA -- more commonly known as ecstasy -- a digital scale and multiple small baggies. Stewart also had "an abundance" of cash in his pockets.

In addition to the drunken driving charge, Stewart faces charges of using a vehicle to keep or sell controlled substances, Iowa drug tax stamp violation, and two counts of controlled substance violation.

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