Drug Task Force Finds Marijuana, Synthetic THC After Investigation

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An Iowa City man faces numerous drug charges stemming from a drug task force investigation in January.

According to criminal complaints, on Jan. 21, members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force arranged to meet with 24-year-old James B. Hoff in Coralville. Hoff was to deliver a half-pound of marijuana and pay off an existing drug debt. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Hoff and found the marijuana, $2,800 cash and other items.

Police said Hoff admitted to selling marijuana.

Following their investigation, police searched Hoff's residence in Iowa City. There, officers said they found 11 small bags of marijuana, more cash and synthetic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Hoff was arrested this week and faces two counts of controlled substance violation and one count of Iowa Drug Tax Stamp violation. All three charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

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