Dean Martin Loew
Dean Martin Loew
January 14, 2014

A former Carroll man accused of selling high-purity Mexican methamphetamine might not have known that dealing illicit drugs is a crime because of his own drug abuse, the man's attorney wrote to a judge last week in a request for a state-paid psychiatric evaluation.

Dean Martin Loew, 46, "may have suffered from a diseased or deranged condition of the mind, possibly due to extensive drug usage," his court-appointed attorney, Robert Peterson, of Carroll, wrote in the request on Friday. Peterson was not specific about what drugs Loew has allegedly used.

Loew might have been "incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong," Peterson said, and concluded that Loew also might not be able to competently defend himself against the seven felony drug charges he faces in Carroll County.

Loew was arrested in late November in Bellevue, Neb., where he lived for about a year after he was convicted of two drug possession charges in 2012 in Carroll County.

In July, local law officers documented two of Loew's alleged drug sales on a farmstead south of Arcadia and used a search warrant to confiscate some of the drugs, court records show. His arrest was delayed while the alleged methamphetamine was tested by the state's crime lab in Ankeny.

Loew faces felony charges for delivery of methamphetamine and marijuana, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and drug-related tax violations. They are punishable by up to 95 years in prison if he is convicted.

Loew is held at Carroll County Jail on $100,000 bond. His request to reduce the amount of money he has to pay to get out of jail was denied last week by a district judge, in part because Loew allegedly threatened police informants who helped bust him.

Peterson's request for the state-paid evaluation by a Des Moines-area psychiatrist is expected to cost $1,000 at most, he wrote. It's unclear when a judge will rule on the request.