A methamphetamine investigation by Bettendorf police has led to the arrest of a woman on trafficking charges.
Lynsey Erin Benham, 31, of 5077 56th Ave. Court, Bettendorf, is charged with one count of possession with the intent to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. The charge is a Class B felony under Iowa law that carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years.
Benham also is charged with failure to affix an Iowa drug tax stamp, a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years, and possession of a controlled substance-second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.
According to the arrest affidavit filed by Bettendorf Police officer Joshua Paul, at 3:04 p.m. on July 6, officers conducted a traffic stop on Benham’s car for multiple traffic violations.
She initially was found to possess .92 grams of methamphetamine and $1,334 in cash she had hidden in her bra, according to the arrest affidavit.
In a hidden compartment in her vehicle officers found a digital scale, baggies used for packaging and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine.
During an interview she gave to officers after she was read her Miranda rights, she gave officers an additional 42.2 grams of methamphetamine and eight hydrocodone pills that she removed from her underwear, according to the arrest affidavit.
Benham was released at the time on a Waiver of Speed indictment pending cooperation with police. However, she was arrested Thursday after no longer being in contact with law enforcement, according to Paul’s arrest affidavit.
Benham was being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail on a $100,000 bond, cash or surety, for the drug arrest, and a $500 cash-only bond for an intrastate arrest warrant out of Clinton County.