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Police say North Liberty man sold drugs to keep business open

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A North Liberty man faces drug and money laundering charges after police say he was selling drugs to keep his business open.

Iowa City police searched Ryan David Foust's home at 2387 Mehaffey Bridge Road in North Liberty on February 14, 2011 and found a half pound of marijuana, smoking devices, guns and $7,000 in cash.

While interviewing Foust, who police say is an owner and operator of Hawk Dawgs in Iowa City, he admitted to using drug money to keep the business open.  Police say that on one occasion, marijuana was bought from Foust's business partner and was recovered as change from a food purchase at the business.

Foust is charged with a controlled substance violation, failure to affix tax stamp, gathering for use of marijuana and money laundering.

In March of 2011, Foust was charged with operating while intoxicated, eluding and assault causing bodily injury after leading Johnson County Sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase.

Deputies say Foust was first clocked doing 87 m.p.h. in a 45 m.p.h. zone on Riverside Drive and then reached speeds of up to 140 m.p.h. after turning onto Hwy. 218.

Deputies also say that Foust punched his passenger in the face while he was driving and was drunk.  They say he had a blood alcohol content of .122 according to a preliminary breath test.

A trial in that case is set for June 12.

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