Authorities said Thursday that they had intercepted hundreds of illicit pills as well as a cache of heroin and methamphetamine at the Ketchikan International Airport Wednesday.
Arrested are 51-year old Rachel Peterson and 26-year old Amy Rothlisberger who allegedly brought the contraband to Ketchikan on an Alaska Airlines flight.
Ketchikan Police Department Detective Jack Ford wrote in a sworn statement that officers served search warrants on both suspects, and found 699 blue pills stamped “M30” which Peterson allegedly admitted are fentanyl, and a crystal substance she allegedly admitted was methamphetamine. Authorities also located an additional 80.6 grams of methamphetamine concealed internally.
A search warrant was issued for Peterson’s Ketchikan residence where items found included drug packaging materials, small amounts of meth and heroin and more than $23,000 in cash were found.
Peterson faces three felony drug charges. She’s in custody in Ketchikan as of Wednesday afternoon on $100,000 bail. Rothlisberger is charged with two felony drug charges. Further information on Rothlisberger was not available. Both were assigned public defenders.
The street value of the seized drugs was estimated by police to be worth approximately $123,000.