Iowa City Man Tells Police He Was Ripped Off On Illegal Drug Sale

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter


By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An Iowa City man called police Sunday to complain that he had not been paid for the drugs he sold illegally.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, 57-year-old Daniel P. Noehl, Sr., called police and told officers he had sold some of his prescription medicine to a friend who had not paid them. Police said Noehl called the police three or four more times to see why they were taking so long to respond.

Noehl allegedly told the responding officer that he had given a friend - who is not identified in the criminal complaint - three prescription bottles of pills to sell for a $1.25 per pill. Noehl told the police the bottles each contained 230 pills, according to criminal complaints. Police said Noehl intended to use the money from the sale to buy groceries and cigarettes.

When police told Noehl it was illegal to sell his medicine, he allegedly told them he didn't know it was against the law or he would have sold them "a long time ago when I was on drugs," according to the complaints. Police said Noehl admitted to smoking crack cocaine as recently as Wednesday. Noehl then asked police if they wanted to see a crack pipe and turned over a metal pipe with burnt residue on it.

Noehl was arrested and faces charges of prohibited acts and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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