3 Iowa City men arrested for drug charges following fatal overdose

Charges stem from March 2010 death

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IOWA CITY Three Iowa City men were arrested early Friday morning on a variety of drug charges in connection with the death of another person by a drug overdose.

On March 14, 2010, Iowa City police officers and emergency medical personnel responded to 1136 E. Burlington St. for a report of a 22-year-old who was not breathing, according to a criminal complaint. Shortly thereafter, they determined the person was dead, and it was later confirmed the person died of a drug overdose.

Two searches turned up saleable quantities of cocaine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, cash, scales, packaging materials and other items at the residence, according to the complaint. It was clear that the residence was used to keep or permit the use of illegal drugs and that that those drugs were used, possessed and distributed from the residence, police said.

Arrested were Christopher L. Schwebach, 25; Matthew L. Schwebach, 23; and Alex C. Hannam, 23. All three now live at 730 E. Burlington St.

Christopher Schwebach faces three charges of possession of a controlled substance and keeping a drug house. Matthew Schwebach and Hannam each face one charge of possession of a controlled substance and keeping a drug house.

Christopher Schwebach and Hannam admitted to officers that all three of them used and distributed drugs, according to police.

Sgt. Denise Brotherton, spokeswoman for the Iowa City Police Department, said she did not immediately have any other information on the case.

When officers arrested Christopher Schwebach Friday morning, they found marijuana, a marijuana grinder and a pipe in his room, according to a criminal complaint.

Christopher Schwebach and Hannam were in Johnson County Jail Friday morning. The other Schwebach had been released from jail. 

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