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Coralville police seize 8.5 pounds of meth after traffic stop

CORALVILLE — Coralville police say they seized more than 8 pounds of meth last week following a traffic stop.

According to Coralville police criminal complaints, officers pulled over Dawn M. Colunga, 38, of Indianapolis, just after 7 p.m. Friday at 101 Village Drive in Tiffin. Police said Miguel A. Ruiz Santillan, 54, whose address was unknown, was a passenger in the back seat.

A police dog detected the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, according to records. A search turned up 8.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, a small bag of heroin and a small amount of marijuana, police said.

Authorities said Ruiz Santillan also was carrying a black handgun that was found to be stolen.

Each faces one count of controlled substance violation, a Class B felony punishable by 25 years in prison. Ruiz Santillan faces an additional charge of carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.

Colunga was in the Johnson County Jail on $100,000 bail. Ruiz Santillan’s bail was set at $105,000, but federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a detainer on him, according to jail records.

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