Two women in Burlington are now behind bars after detectives discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine in their hotel room.
Detectives with the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force learned of a woman who was staying at the Fun City Resort Hotel on October 26th. They were aware that she had an active pretrial violation warrant stemming from a controlled substance violation that occurred last November.
Room surveillance began, and the detectives soon observed that the woman, Stephanie Echols, and another female, Wayann Hand, were walking to the parking lot. After contacting the two females, Echols told detectives that there was approximately one pound of methamphetamine in her room. Hand told detectives that she had a half-ounce of methamphetamine in the purse she was carrying.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the hotel room, and located just over three quarters of a pound of methamphetamine, packaging materials and a digital scale. There were no drug tax stamps affixed to any of the packages of meth in Hand’s purse or the room.
As a result of this investigation, Stephanie Ann Echols, 41, and Wayann Marie Hand, 48, were both charged with Possession With Intent To Deliver Methamphetamine, class B felony, and Failure To Affix Drug Tax Stamp, class D felony.