Man in Iowa Arrested For Possession of HOW MUCH WEED?
Based on previous articles we've written, you can probably tell that most Iowans (and Americans for that matter) are either pro-legalization of recreational use of marijuana or are neither for nor against it.
I'll take a shot in the dark and say that this guy is definitely for it.
Per thebaycities.com, at approximately "4:15 a.m. Friday on eastbound U.S. Interstate 80 near the Grand Prairie Parkway exit in Waukee, Iowa where an officer of the Waukee Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2021 Toyota Camry that was allegedly 'following a pickup too closely,' according to court documents."
After pulling the vehicle over, the officer perceived that the driver of the car was "being deceptive in his travel plans, including when he left his home for his destination when he left his destination, and how long he had been at this location."
After further questioning, the subject, Mark Anthony Samual Berkebill, 60, of Marinette, Wisconsin admitted to the officer that there was “a THC vape pen in the door of his vehicle." The admission prompted probable cause for the officer to search the Camry.
Upon inspection, a little over THIRTY POUNDS of marijuana in "two separate duffle bags in the vehicle’s trunk."
Beckebill has been charged with controlled substance violation and failure to affix a drug stamp.
The Bay Cities continues: "Berkebill is being held in the Dallas County Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing, on January 24th in the Dallas County District Court."
Per Iowa Code, "A first offense conviction for possession of any controlled substance (except marijuana) is a serious misdemeanor with a fine of at least $250, but not more than $1,500; in addition, the court may order imprisonment up to one year. Maximum penalty for a first offense conviction for possession of marijuana is imprisonment for 6 months and/or a $1,000 fine." For second offenses, it is a serious misdemeanor and subsequent offenses are regarded as aggravated misdemeanors.
According to KeeganLegal.com, failure to affix a drug stamp "is a Class D felony. If convicted, a person could spend up to 5 years in prison and face a fine of up to $7,500."