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Two busts slap locals with stiff drug charges

July 6, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Marshall County Sheriff's deputies raided two drug dens Tuesday, arresting several people.

Sgt. Joel Phillips, of the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force, said more arrests will likely follow the two seemingly unrelated incidents.

Deputies discovered that Guy Bowen, 36, had allegedly been using his home at 515 Woodbury St. as a clandestine lab, Phillips said.

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Bowen faces a manufacturing meth greater than 5 grams charge, a Class B felony, along with nine other charges related to the manufacturing of the drug, according to court records.

Although Bowen is accused of producing the meth, Phillips said nothing in the investigation implicated him as a dealer.

"A lot of times ... they are doing it to support their habit," he said.

Bowen and his associate Steven Kunch, 53, of Marshalltown, made their initial appearances Thursday. Bowen's bond is set at $25,000.

Kunch, who Phillips said obtained meth ingredients for Bowen in exchange for the finished drug, faces three counts of drug possession, enhanced to a Class D felony because of prior convictions, possession of prescription drugs, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Phillips said more arrests may be forthcoming as deputies continue to investigate the incident.

"We try and time the arrest as much as we can to identify as many people in the conspiracy as we can," Phillips said.

Another raid resulted in a husband and wife facing prohibited acts charges, an aggravates misdemeanor.

Terry, 48, and Linda, 42, Baedke, both of Marshalltown, stand accused of fostering an environment where illegal drugs are possessed or consumed.

Phillips said Terry became combative when police tried to arrest him, earning him interference with official acts and assault on a peace officer charges in addition to six other misdemeanor charges, most of which for possession of narcotics.

Sheriff's deputies also recovered drugs from Linda. She also faces six other drug-related misdemeanors in addition to her prohibited acts charge.

The drug task force had been investigating the couple for several months, Phillips said, but, due to a move, lost track of them for a while before making the arrest at their home, 207 W. Grant St.

The Baedkes relocated after their home on Madison Avenue burned down in February. The Mid-Iowa Drug Task force assisted the Marshall County Fire Marshal with that fire's investigation.

According to the incident report, the fire's cause is still undetermined.

All fours suspects' preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. July 13.



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