Alleged meth dealer gives false name, get distributing charge

A traffic stop Friday ended with police charging an area couple with felony drug charges.

Marshalltown police pulled over Alexis Mathews, 20, of Marshalltown, and Christopher Wise, 24, of Des Moines, on the 100 block of North Third Avenue for a noisy muffler. When police made contact, they discovered that the two had several bags of meth on them, said Capt. Brian Batterson, with the Marshalltown Police Department.

Police charged Wise with interference with official acts for providing a false name and date of birth, possession of drug paraphernalia for a digital scale police found in his possession, both simple misdemeanors. Batterson said Wise also had two small plastic bags of meth packaged for distribution, so police charged him with possession of meth with intent to distribute, a Class B felony.

According to the police report, the bags each had less than 1 gram of meth in them. Police also confiscated $488 from Wise.

Mathews also faces a possession of drug paraphernalia charge and a possession of meth charge, a serious misdemeanor. However, upon her arrest, deputies at the Marshall County Jail allegedly discovered two more bags of meth on her person and charged her with possession of contraband, a Class D felony.

A Class B felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Police made reports of the arrest available Monday.