UPDATE: Iowa State wrestler arrested for marijuana possession after traffic stop

A wrestler at Iowa State University faces drug-related charges after he was arrested over the weekend.

According to a criminal complaint, 19-year-old Garrett James Grice was taken into custody shortly after midnight Sunday morning. The complaint indicates that an ISU Police officer performed a traffic stop on Grice, who was driving a 2014 Chrysler 200, in the 100 block of Ash Avenue near Lincoln Way. The stop was reportedly due to “unlit headlamps.”

The complaint states that the officer “immediately smelled an odor of burnt marijuana emanating from [Grice’s] vehicle.” Grice was asked to step out of the car and a probable cause search was performed on the vehicle.

The officer reportedly discovered “a marijuana grinder with a small amount of leafy green substance similar in color and odor to marijuana” inside the driver door, along with a marijuana grinder and “a water bottle lid with a metal mouthpiece glued to it.” Upon further search, the officer is said to have found “a glass jar with a similar leafy green substance” in the trunk of the vehicle.

The leafy green substance later tested positive for THC and weighed approximately seven grams, per the complaint.

Grice was taken into custody and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana (First Offense), a serious misdemeanor
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor

Grice was booked at the Story County Jail in Nevada and later posted bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, July 19 at 8:30 a.m. in Ames.

Garrett J. Grice, 19, was taken into custody by Iowa State Police early Sunday morning following a traffic stop near Campustown in Ames. (Photo: Story County Jail)

Grice is entering his first season as an Iowa State wrestler after transferring in from Virginia, where he redshirted his freshman year. Due to NCAA rules, he was able to compete on “five countable dates” and still maintain his eligibility, according to the ISU athletics website.

When contacted by StoryCounty.News, an ISU athletics spokesperson said the following regarding the arrest of Grice: “We are aware of the situation, but we are not going to comment at this time.”

Grice was previously a four-time state champion wrestler at Bellevue East High School in the Omaha, Nebraska area. He was voted a 2021 Junior All-American and 2019 Cadet All-American, per his bio.

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