NORTHWOOD | A Minnesota woman and a Texas man were arrested Friday after a traffic stop yielded meth and drugs, as well as quarters and parts stolen from coin machines in Northwood.

At about 3:54 a.m. Friday, a Worth County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a 2018 silver Toyota Corolla at the intersection of Highway 105 and Mallard Avenue, west of Northwood, for erratic driving.

The deputy suspected the driver, Samantha Renee Linaman, 28, of Kenyon, Minnesota, and passenger Benjamin Blaschka, 41, of New Braunfels, Texas, were under the influence of a narcotic, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Both had bloodshot eyes, court documents said, and a deputy spoke with Blaschka “as he was moving all over in the vehicle.” A second deputy arrived to assist at the scene.

The deputy searched the vehicle after smelling burnt marijuana in it, court documents said, which noted Blaschka told deputies he had recently smoked the drug.

Court documents said a search yielded numerous drug paraphernalia items, plastic baggies, scales, cellphones, a narcotic prescription pill without a valid prescription, a small amount of marijuana, a large amount of methamphetamine and burglars' tools, as well as quarters and parts stolen from coin machines in Northwood.

The parts belonged to pop machines at Fallgatter's Market, where the deputy saw the vehicle prior to stopping it, court documents said.

You have free articles remaining.

Become a Member

Linaman told a deputy that she parked her vehicle on Central Avenue in Northwood “while Benjamin went and did something.”

“She advised that he came back a short time later with a metal container but she did not know what he was doing,” court documents said.

Linaman and Blaschka were arrested and are being held in the Worth County Jail on $100,000 bonds.

Linaman was charged with two felonies -- controlled substance violation and failure to affix a drug tax stamp -- as well as six misdemeanors.

Blaschka was charged with three felonies -- controlled substance violation, possession of a controlled substance, third or subsequent offense and failure to affix a drug tax stamp -- and five misdemeanors.

Both are scheduled to appear in Worth County District Court Nov. 5. Linaman wrote a letter to the judge, asking for a bond review hearing, which will be held Nov. 5.

Photos: North Iowa's mugshots of 2018

Subscribe to Daily Headlines

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



Load comments