Iowa City man accused of having 10 pounds of marijuana, $20,000 in safe

Scales, paraphernalia also found in man's home

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A 50-year-old Iowa City man is in the Johnson County Jail this morning on felony charges after police found more than 10 pounds of marijuana in his house, just east of downtown.

Members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for Gerald Lawrence Gerard at 1102 East Davenport St. at 2 p.m. March 1, according to a criminal complaint. During the search, investigators found more than 10 pounds of marijuana and $20,535 much of which was kept together in a large safe in the basement, according to the complaint.

The search also turned up digital scales, drug paraphernalia and other items related to the manufacturing of marijuana in the home, police reported.

There are about 448 grams of marijuana in a pound, meaning Gerard is accused of having 4,480 grams of marijuana.

He has been charged with a controlled substance violation and possession with intent to distribute without a tax stamp, both felonies. Gerard remained in jail Friday morning in lieu of a $15,000 cash-only bond, according to online records.

He does not have an extensive criminal history in Iowa.

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