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East Moline alderman arrested for intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- An East Moline alderman was booked into the Scott County Jail, charged with intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to online jail records, Jose Roberto "RJ" Rico was booked into the jail just after midnight on Thursday, December 27.

The incident report said police responded to calls from multiple locations in the area of Rookies Bar on Brady Street regarding an intoxicated person who was "being disruptive."

One person said Rico was shouting at other people in the bar "and putting his arm around several females that did not know him," read the report.   He was asked to leave.  Another person said he was "shouting loud profanity" in her apartment complex.

Police said they found Rico, seemingly intoxicated, in the parking lot of Rookies. He told police that he was a city councilman and insisted he be released.

During a search a glass pipe was found in his jacket pocket, read the affidavit.  The pipe had burnt residue and an odor of marijuana.

Rico was held in custody for about four hours and was released on $600 bond.

The alderman represents East Moline's 7th Ward and is set to serve through April of 2021.

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