A heroin distribution investigation by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Bettendorf Police and the Quad-City Metropolitan Enforcement Group has led to the arrest of a Davenport man on drug trafficking charges.
Matthew Charles Serra, 39, of 230 W. 3rd St., apt. 305, is charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver heroin. Each charge is a Class C felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Serra also is charged with failing to affix an Iowa drug tax stamp, a Class D felony that carries a five-year prison sentence, and possession of a controlled substance-first offence, a serious misdemeanor that carries a jail sentence of up to one year.
According to the arrest affidavits filed by officers with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, at 10:16 a.m. Friday, authorities searched Serra’s apartment.
Serra was found near the intersection of Harrison and West 3rd streets and taken into custody. According to the arrest affidavits, Serra was in possession of six individual bags of heroin, 10 prescription pill medications without a prescription, and a used syringe.
The prescription medications were clonazepam, used to treat anxiety and panic attacks, and alprazolam, a tranquilizer known by the brand name Xanax.
Inside Serra’s apartment, at the time officers searched, were four people who admitted to officers they purchased heroin from Serra multiple times in the past, including that morning, according to the arrest affidavits.
Serra admitted to selling heroin to support his own habit, according to the affidavits.
He also is wanted in Rock Island County on felony theft charges that were filed by Rock Island County authorities Dec. 14. His bond on those charges is set at $25,000. Serra has a long history of theft and drug convictions in Rock Island County.
Serra was being held Saturday night in the Rock Island County Jail on cash-only bonds totaling $45,000.