MASON CITY - A Mason City man who told police he had been stabbed was arrested for possessing methamphetamine.
James Robert Alexander, 39, was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance - second offense and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident April 6.
According to court documents, at about 9:33 p.m., Alexander called police reporting he had been stabbed in the side and had his car stolen in the 3700 block of Fourth Street Southwest.
“Alexander appeared to be under the influence of a drug,” Mason City police noted in the criminal complaint. He was uninjured.
Police searched Alexander's bag and found a small plastic bag containing meth, needles for injecting drugs, small bags with drug residue and spoons with cotton on them, court documents said.
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Alexander was initially charged with felony possession of a controlled substance - third or subsequent offense but the charge was changed to a misdemeanor second offense charge in the trial information.
According to court documents, Alexander was previously convicted and received a deferred judgement for a controlled substance violation in Cerro Gordo County in August 2016.
Alexander is being held in Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $1,000 bond.
Alexander pleaded not guilty to the possession charge and his jury trial is scheduled for June 5. He pleaded not guilty in the drug paraphernalia charge as well and his non-jury trial is set for Oct. 8.