Local couple gets child endangerment charge for having prescription drugs

A Marshalltown couple faces child endangerment charges after police allegedly found them to be in possession of prescription drugs.

Police arrested Ana Martinez and Luis Mendez, both 22, of Marshalltown, Thursday afternoon when a call came in that a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the couple’s apartment at 1702 S. Seventh Ave., said Capt. Mike Hanken, with the Marshalltown Police Department.

With the assistance of the MPD’s K-9 officer, Awol, police located an unlabeled prescription pill bottle with various medications inside upon the execution of the search warrant, Hanken said. The couple’s 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter were present at the time. Police removed the children from the home and placed them in the custody of the Department of Human Services. The children were unharmed.

The MPD sent the pills to the lab to determine exactly what types of drugs the bottle contained, Hanken said. Those results have yet to come back.

Officers found no marijuana in the apartment.

Police charged the couple with child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor, possession of prescription drugs, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia for a pipe police found in their home.

The couple made their initial appearance Friday, and the court released them under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.