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Minnesota woman pleads not guilty to numerous Worth County crimes

Samantha Linaman Samantha Linaman

Texas co-defendant has not entered a plea.

Posted: Nov. 5, 2018 8:10 PM

NORTHWOOD, Iowa – A Minnesota woman is pleading not guilty to multiple crimes in North Iowa.

Samantha Renee Linaman, 28 of Kenyon, MN, and Benjamin Wayne Blaschka, 41 of New Braunfels, Texas, were arrested on October 26 after a traffic stop in Worth County. Law enforcement says the duo appeared to be under the influence of drugs and a search of their vehicle found a large amount of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, a narcotic prescription pill, and drug paraphernalia.

Benjamin Blaschka

Worth County deputies say they also found several burglars tools and three coin dispensers from vending machines at a Northwood business that had just been robbed.

Linaman entered not guilty pleas Monday to possession with intent to deliver drugs, failure to use a drug tax stamp, 3rd degree criminal mischief, OWI, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, and 4th degree theft. No sentencing date has been set.

Blaschka is accused of most of the same crimes and has not yet entered a plea.

The two remain in the Worth County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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