Spanish Fork police arrested a woman Monday night suspected of intent to distribute a large amount of methamphetamine.
According to a police report, officers pulled over a vehicle driven by Katie Peterson, 39, for having an inoperable brake light. Peterson was reportedly unable to provide registration or insurance information for the vehicle. Her 4-year-old son was in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle.
Peterson has reportedly been under investigation for the past several months by detectives with the Spanish Fork Police Department and Utah County Major Crimes regarding the distribution of methamphetamine throughout Utah County. While one officer was preparing a citation for her vehicle violations Monday, a K9 officer responded to the scene to perform an exterior sniff on the vehicle.
The behavior of the K9 officer indicated enough probable cause to search the vehicle, and officers reportedly discovered locked black bag underneath the front passenger seat. After Peterson provided the combination to the lock, officers reportedly found a crystalline substance that tested positive as methamphetamine and weighed approximately 28.5 grams. Officers also reportedly found zipped baggies, a glass pipe and a scale.
The street value of the reported drugs is estimated at $2,850, and the amount led officers to believe Peterson is actively distributing methamphetamine.
Peterson reportedly admitted to selling about once ounce of methamphetamine per week. Upon her arrest, a urine screen showed positive for amphetamines, methamphetamine and THC.
Officers booked Peterson into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of one first-degree felony of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, one third-degree felony for endangerment of a child, and three misdemeanors.