Iowa City Police Find 'Molly' On Drunk Nevada Man

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Police say a Nevada man was carrying ecstasy when he was arrested for public intoxication Saturday evening.

According to criminal complaints, Iowa City police officers were called to 600 E. Market St. for a report of two "extremely intoxicated" men. One of the men was reportedly passed out while the other was kicking a liquor bottle, police said.

When officers arrived on the scene, the two men were holding onto each other and trying to stand, police said. They then fell to the ground and struggled to sit up when officers commanded them to do so, police said. A broken liquor bottle was nearby.

Police said one of the men, 30-year-old Jeffrey T. Griffin, of Verdi, Nev. had "slurred, mumbled, confused speech," had trouble balancing, smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted to drinking. Griffin also allegedly told police he had taken some Molly - the street name for MDMA or ecstasy. The second man, 26-year-old Jerimee C. Bloemeke, of Iowa City, was also intoxicated, police said.

Both men were taken into custody for public intoxication. Griffin was also cited for an open container violation.

Police said when they took the men to the Johnson County Jail, Griffin told officers that he had ecstasy in his coat pocket. Police found two capsules containing a crystal substance in Griffin's pocket that he said was "Molly," earning him a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
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