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Johnson County Drug Task Force rounds up suspects

Seven people arrested on various drug charges ranging from marijuana to crack cocaine

Owens, Anthony
Owens, Anthony
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The Johnson County Drug Task Force got their holiday shopping done early, arresting seven people on various drug charges on Wednesday.

The seven people represent various drug cases ranging from marijuana to crack cocaine and heroin.

Among those arrested were:

- Anthony Owens, 48, of Coralville. Police said on April 30, an undercover task force member met with Owens and purchased $300 worth of crack cocaine. Owens has been charged with possession and delivery of crack cocaine.

- Alicia K. Hardy, 29, of North Liberty. Hardy allegedly sold 12.9 grams of marijuana to an undercover officer on April 19 for $240. Hardy has been charged with possession and delivery of marijuana.

- Jay C. Melzer, 51, and Gayle A. Melzer, 44, of North Liberty. Task force members served a narcotics search warrant at the Melzer's home at 640 Jessie St. on November 21. During their search, police said they found four grams of crystal meth, packaging materials, a digital scale, new and used syringes, pipes, various prescription medications and $1,400 cash. A small amount of marijuana was also found in Jay Melzer's bedroom. Jay Melzer was charged with possession of marijuana. Gayle Melzer was charged possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance and keeping a drug house.

- Kristin L. Keith, 48, of North Liberty. On Nov. 5, the task force received an email from the National Precursor Log Exchange - which tracks the sale of meth precursors -  indicating Keith had just purchased a box of pseudoephedrine at a pharmacy in Cedar Rapids. Police said they knew Keith had manufactured and used meth in the past. The task force informed the North Liberty Police Department about the email. A North Liberty officer pulled over Keith that evening and found meth, the pseudoephedrine and other paraphernalia in her vehicle. Keith, who admitted to smoking the meth officers recovered, was charged with possession of meth, possession of lithium and possession of pseudoephedrine.

- Irene D. Seals, 72, of Coralville. Police said they purchased one gram of heroin from Seals on April 18, 2011. She has been charged with possession and delivery of heroin.

- Brick M. Carter, 25, address unknown. On Sept. 26, 2012, an undercover task force agent and a confidential informant met with Carter and purchased what Carter claimed were five ecstasy tablets. The tablets were tested at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation lab, which determined the tablets actually contained chemicals commonly found in bath salts, a synthetic drug.

- Brandon L. Pittman The task force made one more arrest on Thanksgiving. Police said they bought one ounce of marijuana from 26-year-old Iowa City man Brandon L. Pittman on Feb. 14, 2013. Pittman was arrested and charged with possession and delivery of marijuana.      

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