Iowa City man faces weapons, drug charges after report of car break-ins

Police responded to South Johnson Street Tuesday

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IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man faces weapons and drug charges after a Tuesday night arrest.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers responded to the area of 400 S. Johnson St. around 10:45 p.m. for a report of two men breaking into cars. Police said when they arrived in the area, they saw Bret P. Eldridge, 19, and his roommate — who is not named in the criminal complaints — standing between two cars.

When the officer approached, Eldridge leaned down between the cars, according to the complaints. Police said they saw a black handgun on the ground where Eldridge had been. Both men were taken into custody for questioning and Eldridge’s roommate told police Eldridge had shown him the gun just before officers arrived. Eldridge told his roommate he got the gun from a friend, the roommate told police.

Police said the handgun — valued at $550 — was reported stolen on Aug. 8.

While in custody, Eldridge asked the officer to look for a “nutty bar” container that had fallen out of his pocket when he was searched at the scene, police said. Police returned to where he was arrested and found the container. Police said the container had a hidden storage compartment containing 26 full Xanax pills and 60 partial Xanax pills.

Eldridge faces charges of trafficking in stolen weapons and Iowa drug tax stamp violation, both felonies, as well as controlled substance violation, third-degree theft and carrying weapons, all aggravated misdemeanors.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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