The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

April 18, 2014

Women jailed on meth charges

By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer

---- — CLINTON — Two Clinton women are currently being held in the Clinton County jail on $50,000 cash-only bonds for methamphetamine charges.

Jessica L. Crabtree, 29, 215 10th Ave. North, and Tera A. Riddle, 27, 611 1/2 S. Seventh St., were arrested last week for conspiracy to manufacture meth. Riddle also is charged with the delivery of a simulated controlled substance.

According to court documents, a cooperating individual told police last Friday that Riddle messaged him about purchasing pseudoephedrine. Police advised the individual to set up a meeting with Riddle for a trade of half-a-gram of meth in exchange for three boxes of the medication, according to the affidavit. A meeting was set up at Dollar General on 13th Avenue North.

Court documents continue that Clinton Police Officer Ron Heeren observed Riddle and a woman, later identified as Crabtree, walking to the area of the Dollar General. The two defendants allegedly met with the cooperating individual, who gave Riddle three boxes of pseudoephedrine, according to the affidavit. Riddle then gave the individual a plastic bundle with purported meth, according to the affidavit.

The bundle tested negative for methamphetamine and amphetamine, according to court documents. The affidavit states that Crabtree told officers that she knew Riddle packaged flour to give to the individual.

After the transaction was complete, officers made contact with the defendants while eastbound on 13th Avenue North and found a package of lithium batteries, purchased at Dollar General, in Riddle’s possession, according to court documents. That same day, police conducted a search warrant at Riddle’s residence and found a hydrochloric gas generator and two empty blister packs of pseudoephedrine, according to the affidavit.

During an interview with police, Crabtree admitted to attempting to purchase pseudoephedrine 32 times since November 2013, according to court documents. She also admitted to observing or assisting Riddle manufacture meth on at least 10 occasions, as well as purchasing liquid fire and stealing lithium batteries, according to the affidavit.

Both defendants are set to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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