Iowa City man found with slew of drugs in car

Suspect told police he was late for high school

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IOWA CITY – An Iowa City man who told police he was running late for high school was found with a plethora of drugs in his car earlier this year, police said.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, back on March 9, investigators and Johnson County Drug Task Force members served a search warrant at 805 E. Washington St. in Iowa City. Police said as they were entering the home, they saw 18-year-old Emmett L. Adamson exiting the residence. Adamson does not live at the Washington Street residence, according to the complaint.

Police pulled over Adamson a short distance later. Officers said the smell of burnt marijuana was emanating from Adamson’s vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up more than 30 grams of marijuana, marijuana wax a “large baggie” of psilocybin mushrooms and codeine syrup.

Adamson told police he was running late for high school at the time of the incident.

Earlier this year, Iowa City police juvenile investigator Gabe Cook told The Gazette that codeine syrup — an opiate painkiller — is being abused by some students in Iowa City schools. Mixed with Sprite and with a Jolly Rancher added for flavor, the beverage – known as Lean or Purple Drank – causes a dissociative effect. There is also concern that abuse of prescription opiate painkillers can later lead to heroin abuse.

Adamson has been arrested and faces charges of controlled substance violation, a Class C felony; controlled substance violation, a Class D felony; and possession of a controlled substance; a serious misdemeanor. The charges carry a potential sentence of 16 years in prison.

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