Police find pound of marijuana at UI student's home after counterfeit bill arrest

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A University of Iowa student was arrested Sunday night after police found a pound of marijuana in his home after the student was caught using a counterfeit bill at a downtown Iowa City bar.

According to criminal complaints, police responded to Summit Restaurant and Bar at 11:41 p.m. in reference to a person attempting to use a counterfeit $100 bill. Upon arrival, officers were given the counterfeit bill along with the alleged suspect’s identification card by the bar manager.

Officers then made contact with 21-year-old Jonathon R. Camporese, of 131 E. Davenport Street, No. 2, who told police he had found the money on the floor and did not know it was fake. Officers were then notified they had received two other counterfeit bills earlier in the night and brought Camporese to the Iowa City police department for further questioning.

After Camporese was read his rights, he allegedly told officers he received two counterfeit $100 bills earlier in the night during a drug deal. He added he threw the second bill in the trash after he was not successful with the first bill.

Officers were then given consent to search Camporese’s home and found approximately one pound of “high-grade” marijuana in the suspect’s bedroom. While at the residence, officers were given permission from one of Camporese’s roommates, also a UI student, to search his room. Police said they discovered a one-hitter and a small amount of marijuana in the roommate's room.

Camporese was charged with forgery, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and an Iowa drug tax stamp violation, all Class D felonies. He was also charged with keeping a drug house, an aggravated misdemeanor.

His roommate was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor. Another roommate, also a UI student, was charged with keeping a drug house.

Camporese is being held in Johnson County Jail on a $27,500 cash-only bond.

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