Iowa man facing charge for cocaine possession

Published 10:26 am Thursday, June 2, 2016

An Iowa City, Iowa, man was charged Freeborn County District Court on Tuesday with first-degree cocaine possession.

Justin Forrest Rush, 33, reportedly had more than 30 grams of the drug at Harmony Park Saturday evening.

According to court documents, Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area when they were alerted by a security guard that Rush was trying to get into Harmony Park with a bag that he would not allow them to search.

Justin Rush

Justin Rush

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The security guard said Rush stated he had cocaine in the bag.

Rush reportedly also told a deputy that he had cocaine in the bag and showed a Tupperware container with several bags containing a white powdery substance.

In one of the containers, there was reportedly a bag with the substance that field tested positive for cocaine and weighed 15.93 grams. Several other bags were also reportedly located. The total weight of all of the bags containing the substance was reportedly 33.03 grams, according to court records.

Freeborn County District Court Judge Ross Leuning set conditional bail at $50,000.

Rush’s next court appearance is June 9.

First-degree cocaine possession carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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