Austin woman receives more drug charges; Motorcycle backpack allegedly contained over 30 grams of meth

Published 7:24 am Friday, October 11, 2019

An Austin woman who was charged after over two pounds of methamphetamine was allegedly found at her residence during the execution of a search warrant on Aug. 16, has received additional charges.

Dawn Marie Marcks, 51, was charged with felony first-degree drugs-sale of 17 grams or more of methamphetamine-and felony second-degree drugs-possess 25 grams or more of methamphetamine-on Thursday in Mower County District Court. She pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Dawn Marie Marcks, 51

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According to the court complaint, Mower County deputies responded to a report of a Harley Davison backpack found on June 21 at the intersection of County Roads 61 and 16 in Lansing Township. The reporting party, an Austin Police detective, told the deputies he found the backpack near the center line of County Road 61. He opened it to find out who it belonged to and found a wallet, a motorcycle helmet, a couple of bandanas, two cell phones (an Apple iPhone and a Samsung), and what appeared to be a significant amount of methamphetamine. Marcks’ driver’s license and an insurance card for a 2016 Harley Davidson that belonged to Marcks were found in the wallet.

The backpack was taken to the Mower County Law Enforcement Center, where its contents were photographed. The methamphetamine was determined to weigh about 30.1 grams.

A detective obtained search warrants for the phones and found the Samsung did not have a security code. On it, the detective found Marcks’ profile and several communications for drug deals between Marcks and at least 10 other subjects. Both phones were sent to a lab for forensic examination.

On Aug. 20, while Marcks was in the Mower County Jail on other charges, she had a phone conversation with an adult female. During the conversation, Marcks advised that the police had found her backpack after it fell off her motorcycle. She then told the woman, “Have Gary get ahold of the Mexican and make this go away.”

On Aug. 21, another woman visited Marcks in jail. During the conversation, Marks told the woman that the police “got my phones and everything,” noting she had lost her backpack, which contained her driver’s license and other pieces of identification. She also indicated she was in possession of firearms.

Marcks is currently awaiting trial on charges of felony first-degree drugs-possess 100 grams or more of methamphetamine, gross misdemeanor user of a controlled substance in possession of firearm ammunition, two counts of gross misdemeanor user of a controlled substance in possession of a pistol and three counts of gross misdemeanor user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm, to which she has pleaded not guilty.

A pre-trial for Marcks has been scheduled for Jan. 24.