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Student charged with drug possession

A Drake University student was arrested Friday in Goodwin-Kirk Residence Hall on drug charges, according to the Des Moines police department.

Melinda Hiltabidle, 23, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of prescription drugs, according to the police report.

Drake security responded to a report of the smell of marijuana coming from a room within the residence hall.

According to Des Moines police, Drake security searched the room after a marijuana odor was detected originating there. Security officers reported finding marijuana and Adderall pills. Police say Hiltabidle does not have a prescription for the drug.

Police were called and arrested Hiltabidle when they found out she had a previous Polk County warrant for failing to appear in court after a previous charge of marijuana possession. Hiltabidle, a junior, was taken to the Polk County Jail where she was still in custody Wednesday, according to the Polk County Sheriffs’ Department. She is being held on a $2,000 bond.

Her arraignment is tentatively set for Monday.

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