Waterloo man arrested in West Des Moines with quantity of cannabis

Johannan Josiah Frost, 20, of Waterloo was arrested in West Des Moines Thursday on charges of a controlled substance violation and failure to affix drug stamp.

A Waterloo man was arrested Thursday morning in an apartment in West Des Moines when he was allegedly caught in possession of a large quantity of marijuana.

Johannan Josiah Frost, 20, of 242 Sherman Ave., Waterloo, was charged with controlled substance violation and failure to affix drug stamp.

The incident began about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, when an officer of the West Des Moines Police Department was investigating a possible domestic situation at 6377 Vista Dr., #7303, in West Des Moines.

According to court records, the officer “noticed an odor of raw marijuana in the apartment” and “noticed marijuana shake scattered on top of the coffee table.” Frost told the officer the marijuana “was from some friends of his girlfriend.”

On the floor near the coffee table was “a white container with a label that said THC on it” and a black backpack, according to court records.

Frost told the officer there was “a cigar package in his coat pocket that contained multiple marijuana roaches,” and “there was more marijuana inside the black backpack.”

A search of the backpack disclosed a “one-quart Ziploc bag with marijuana” and “three mason jars,” and the “mason jars were completely full of marijuana.” Several other items of drug paraphernalia were also located, according to court records.

The marijuana seized totaled 180.8 grams.

Frost is held in The Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 10 in Dallas County District Court.

Frost was convicted of first-offense possession of marijuana in October 2019 in Black Hawk County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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