Iowa City Man Facing Drug & Weapon Charges

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- An Iowa City man is facing weapons and drug charges following a Tuesday night arrest.

About 10:45 p.m. Iowa City Police responded to a report of two men breaking into cars in the area of 400 South Johnson Street. Officers said they saw 19-year-old Bret Eldridge and another man standing between two cars. An officer said he saw Eldridge lean down between the cars as the officer approached. Police said they saw a black handgun on the ground where Eldridge had been.

Police took both men into custody for questioning. The second man told police Eldridge had shown him the gun just before officers arrived. The second man also said Eldridge told him he got the gun from a friend.

Police said someone had reported the gun stolen on August 8.

Eldridge asked police to look for a "nutty bar" container than had fallen out of his pocket when police searched him at the scene. Officers found the container which they said had a hidden storage compartment containing 26 full Xanax pills and 60 partial Xanax pills.

Eldridge faces charges of trafficking in stolen weapons, Iowa drug tax stamp violation, controlled substance violation, third degree theft, and carrying weapons.

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