A Davenport man on parole since September on drug possession and delivery convictions has been arrested by Davenport police for allegedly peddling methamphetamine.
Eric James Newman, 41, of 1104 E. 13th St., was arrested early Monday by agents of the Davenport Police Department’s Tactical Operations Bureau. The agents were conducting an investigation into the distribution of crystal methamphetamine in the city.
Crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice” because it resembles glass or ice chips, is a powerful smokable form of methamphetamine, as opposed to a pill or powder form, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration website.
According to arrest affidavits filed by Davenport police, Tactical Operations Bureau officers were watching Newman’s home as part of a pre-raid surveillance. They saw one man enter the residence and then leave a short time later.
Officers stopped the man, who was found to be in possession of 8.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine. The man was detained for questioning.
Officers then searched Newman’s home and seized 115 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale, packaging material and $3,393 in U.S. currency.
According to the arrest affidavit, Newman told officers he sells crystal methamphetamine and buys a quarter-pound of the drug at a time.
Newman admitted to buying more than 1 pound of methamphetamine in the past month, and admitted to selling 7 grams of methamphetamine to the man police had detained before searching Newman’s home, according to the affidavit.
Newman is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver more than 5 grams but less than 5 kilograms of methamphetamine. The charge is a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years.
He also is charged with possession with the intent to deliver not more than 5 grams of methamphetamine, which is a Class C felony that carries a prison of up to 10 years.
Newman also was charged with failing to have a drug tax stamp, a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
Newman has a history of felony drug offenses dating back to 2005 that include convictions for trafficking in powder cocaine and crack cocaine.
He also has convictions for distributing pseudoephedrine and possession of lithium, two of the main components for manufacturing domestic methamphetamine.
Newman was being held Tuesday night in the Scott County Jail on $100,000 bond cash or surety.
An arraignment hearing on the current charges is scheduled for Dec. 28 in Scott County District Court.
The Iowa Department of Corrections also has filed a notice in district court for a hearing to revoke Newman’s parole.
According to the preliminary parole violation report, Newman was placed on parole Sept. 20. He provided a urine sample on Oct. 13 which tested positive for methamphetamine which he admitted using a couple of days before his appointment.
Newman provided a urine sample on Nov. 20 that also tested positive for methamphetamine. He admitted to his parole officer that he had used the drug over the weekend with a female.