Coralville man accused of possession methamphetamine in Johnson County Jail

Kate Pixley, News Reporter

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of possessing methamphetamine in the Johnson County Jail.

Andrew Pearson, 34, 1706 10th St., was charged Jan. 22 with operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and possession of contraband in a correctional institution.

According to the arrest affidavit, Pearson drove a person’s vehicle without her permission or knowledge. He insisted that he intended to return the car, but he knew he didn’t have permission to drive the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

When arrested, Pearson was asked if he had any narcotics on his body and was informed that if he did possess narcotics upon entering the jail that he would be charged. Once booked, authorities discovered that Pearson had a rock of methamphetamine wrapped up in a $1 bill.

Possession of contraband in a correctional institution is a Class-D felony.