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Heroin, child neglect case set for June 18 pretrial conference

A pretrial conference for a 31-year-old Newton woman accused of distributing heroin and other controlled substance has been pushed back one week.

A Jasper County District Court judge issued a continuance Monday for Crystal Mendenhall who, along with drug charges, is facing four counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person. She will have a pretrial conference June 18 in Jasper County Court.

According to police reports, officers found capped and uncapped syringes throughout a Newton residence were Mendenhall was allegedly residing during her arrest in November 2017. Investigators also found hand saws and power tools on the living room floor where four children have access.

Mendenhall was released on $35,000 bond Nov. 20, which was reduced from her original $100,000 bond. In her letter of request for a bond reduction, she stated she wanted to be able to make bond to take care of her children and to return to work.

Mendenhall was one of six Jasper County residents charged following the execution of a search warrant by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force at 715 W. Fourth St. N. Officers discovered heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia at the home.

The search was conducted after six overdoses occurred due to a “bad batch” of heroin within a one week period late last year, according to law enforcement. Mendenhall is one of the individuals accused of distributing the controlled substances.

She faces two counts of controlled substance violation, two counts of failure to affix drug stamp, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and four counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person.

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