Woman faces meth drug charges


A routine traffic stop led to the vehicle’s passenger going to jail on drug charges.

Marshalltown Police Department Capt. Brian Batterson said an MPD officer stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation in the 100 block of South 12th Avenue at 12:13 a.m. Tuesday.

After pulling the vehicle over, an additional officer came to assist.

The lead officer was attending to the driver, who did not have a driver’s license. The second officer, Batterson said, observed the passenger, Maureen Jessica Creamer, 51, of Marshalltown, “messing around with her purse” and discovered she had a baggie containing a substance consistent with being methamphetamine.

A search later yielded additional baggies with meth in Creamer’s purse and at the location where she was sitting in the vehicle, as well as other drug paraphernalia.

In the end, authorities arrested Creamer charging her with possession with intent to deliver/manufacture meth over 5 grams (Class B felony), and failure to affix a drug tax stamp (Class D felony). She also was arrested on two other warrants from Tama and Linn counties.

An initial hearing was held later Tuesday for Creamer — she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Dec. 29 in Marshall County District Court.

She is currently being held in the Marshall County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

The driver, who was cited for not having a valid driver’s license, was not charged.