Drug bust at IC wet shelter leads to 1 arrest

Drug bust at IC wet shelter leads to 1 arrest

A drug bust at the Iowa City wet shelter has led to the arrest of a local transient.

Iowa City Police were called to the shelter on South Clinton Street just before 2:45 Wednesday morning. One of the people staying at the shelter, 41-year-old Ramon Duron, had an active warrant for his arrest. A search incident to his arrest turned up a small baggie containing a walnut-sized cloudy crystal in Duron’s pocket. Duron claimed he had no idea what the crystal was and suggested someone had put it in his pocket without his knowledge.

The crystal field tested positive for methamphetamine. Duron is now charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance – 3rd or Subsequent Offense. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison.

Duron has previous drug convictions last month in Johnson County and in 2015 in Scott County.

Duron made news in 2014 when he was stabbed by another man at an apartment complex on 20th Avenue Place in Coralville. Police say before the stabbing Duron had threatened to end the lives of the man who stabbed him and the man’s girlfriend. Duron threatened and fought with arriving medical personnel and had to be taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in a squad car because he was too combative to be taken in an ambulance. Once at the UIHC Duron told a police officer that when he was discharged, he would go to the officer’s house, cut his head off and put it on a stake in his front yard so his children could see it. He also told a female officer that he would kill her by making her choke to death on his penis.

Duron was sentenced to 60 days in jail on a pair of 1st Degree Harassment charges.