A Davenport man faces criminal charges after police said he confessed to selling marijuana from the gas station near Bettendorf Middle School.
Investigators closed Gary’s Quik Service, a BP station at 2545 18th Street in Bettendorf, for about an hour and a half late Thursday afternoon, February 28, 2013. Special Operations Unit police served a search warrant there and arrested an employee of the business, 27-year-old Daniel Peve of Davenport.
A criminal complaint said police searching the store found 129.72 grams (just over four-and-a-half ounces) of marijuana prepackaged for sale.
“Two ounces of the marijuana was in one bag and the rest of the marijuana was separated into 1/8th ounce quantities,” the complaint said.
The complaint goes on to say that Peve admitted he has been selling about a quarter-pound of marijuana per week out of Gary’s Quik Service for the past six months. The complaint alleges Peve said he was selling to about a dozen people.
The complaint said police also found text messages about selling marijuana on Peve’s cell phone, and that they found drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and packaging material at Peve’s home.
A spokesman for Bettendorf Police said the store was closed for about a hour and a half, and that store owners were not involved in Peve’s alleged activity. He said owners are cooperating with the investigation.
Peve spent nearly 14 hours in the Scott County Jail before he was released on $5,000 bond. Peve was charged with felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana, felony failure to affix a drug tax stamp and felony conspiracy. The criminal complaint says the penalty for conviction in the case would be enhanced because of the gas station’s close proximity to Bettendorf Middle School.