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Des Moines Woman Convicted On Multiple Counts, Including A Felony After She Visited O’Brien County Jail

Primghar, Iowa — A Des Moines woman has been convicted on multiple counts, one of them a felony after she visited an inmate in the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar.

The O’Brien County Attorney’s Office reports that 38-year-old Lelanya Lynn Baltazar of Des Moines, has been convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd offense (a class D felony); Child Endangerment (an aggravated misdemeanor); and Operating while Intoxicated, 1st offense (a serious misdemeanor) in the Iowa District Court for O’Brien County. The Court sentenced her to pay $2,666.25 of fines and surcharges, court costs, and the fees for her appointed attorney. The Court also ordered that, for the Operating while Intoxicated offense, Baltazar must serve two days in jail and that, for her two other offenses, she must successfully complete three years of probation under the supervision of the Iowa Department of Corrections. If Baltazar violates her probation, she faces up to seven years in prison.

According to O’Brien County Attorney Micah Schreurs, an O’Brien County Deputy stopped Baltazar in her vehicle in Primghar after she completed a visit with an inmate at the O’Brien County Jail. Baltazar was initially stopped because law enforcement suspected her of Driving while Barred. Further investigation revealed that Baltazar was in possession of methamphetamine and had been operating her vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance while transporting three children.

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