Armed subject arrested after alleged downtown IC drug deal


An armed subject was arrested in downtown Iowa City following an alleged drug deal early Saturday morning.

Iowa City Police say they observed 26-year-old Arturo Henderson of Western Road distributing marijuana in front of Pints on South Clinton Street just before 12:30am. Henderson was carrying a sling bag that allegedly contained a loaded firearm and seven individually packaged pouches of marijuana. The reported total weight of the marijuana was approximately 63.8 grams.

Police say Henderson admitted to being intoxicated as well as high on marijuana and ecstasy. He has previous felony convictions for trafficking in stolen weapons, theft, domestic abuse and chronic drunk driving.

Henderson was arrested and charged with Dominion or Control of a Firearm By a Felon, Dominion or Control of a Firearm By a Domestic Abuser, Carrying Weapons While Intoxicated, Public Intoxication, a Controlled Substance Violation, and Failure to Affix a Drug Tax Stamp. If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum of over 21 years in prison.