Ottumwa Woman Facing Several Drug Charges


An Ottumwa resident is facing numerous drug charges following an arrest on Saturday morning.

According to court documents, around 8:25 am on May 1, an officer with the Ottumwa Police Department was approached by a concerned citizen. The citizen informed the officer that an unknown woman was passed out in a vehicle near 720 Richmond Ave.

The officer made contact with the individual, later identified as 55 year old Jeannette Marie Bennett, and according to the incident report, observed a marijuana pipe in plain view. Upon being informed that the pipe gave the officer probable cause to search the vehicle, Bennett attempted to leave the vehicle and enter the nearby business, and attempted to pull away from the officer multiple times after being informed she was under arrest.

The probable cause search of the defendants vehicle and effects resulted in the discovery of 10.6 grams of methamphetamine in two separate baggies, a bag of marijuana, a pill bottle containing 5.5 5mg diazepam (Valium) pills, a pill bottle containing 4 Amoxicillin Clavulanate Potassium pills, and an additional 13.5 10mg diazepam pills in Bennett’s wallet.

Bennett has been charged with a Controlled Substance Violation (Class B Felony), Failure to Affix Drug Tax Stamp (Class D Felony), 3 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance 1st Offence (Serious Misdemeanor), Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Drug (Serious Misdemeanor), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple Misdemeanor) and Interference with Official Acts (Simple Misdemeanor). She is currently in the Wapello County Jail where her bail is set at $34,000.

As a reminder, a criminal charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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