Mother, teenage son face multiple drug charges

A Van Cleve woman faces felony drug charges for attempting to deliver methamphetamine with her 17-year-old son.

Diana Bustamante, 36, was arrested Thursday southwest of Marshalltown when she was found with more than 10 grams of meth while she was with her teenage son.

Joel Phillips, of the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force, said Bustamante was on her way to deliver meth when she was pulled over by a Story County Sheriff’s deputy for driving while barred.

Bustamante was arrested and the drugs were discovered when deputies searched her vehicle.

A search warrant at her home, 2929 Lafayette Ave., in Van Cleve turned up drug packaging, cash, pipes, water bongs and scales throughout the house.

Inside her son’s room, less than a gram of marijuana and several pipes with residue were also found.

Bustamante is charged with possession of meth with the intent to deliver, a Class B felony, failure to affix drug tax stamp, a Class D felony, child endangerment, a Class D felony, prohibited acts and driving while barred.

Bustamante is being held at the Marshall County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

Her son is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was placed into juvenile detention. Phillips declined to release his name.

The Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force was assisted with the execution of the search warrant by Central Iowa Drug Task Force, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the Tama County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.

Additional arrests are pending as the investigation continues.

Contact Stephanie Ivankovich at 641-753-6611 or