Plea deal reached in drug trafficking case

A woman arrested for trafficking meth has pleaded guilty to child endangerment and three felony charges have been dropped as part of a plea deal.

Samantha Sanders, 24, was arrested last March after the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force conducted a search warrant at her Marshalltown home. Officers concluded Sanders was trafficking methamphetamine in the presence of her 3-year-old daughter and another school age girl. The search warrant concluded a three-month long investigation in which Sanders participated in five controlled purchases of meth, according to court documents.

During the search of her home, officers found 2 grams of meth, paraphernalia, small plastic baggies and a scale among other items, according to a police report.

Sanders was charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver and neglect of a dependent person, both Class C felonies, and ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of prescription drugs, both serious misdemeanors.

According to a guilty plea filed Monday, the county attorney will recommend a deferred judgement with two years of supervised probation during sentencing.