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2 Washington residents brought $130K worth of meth to Ketchikan, troopers say

Two Washington residents were arrested in Ketchikan last week after allegedly flying to the Southeast Alaska city with $133,000 worth of methamphetamine that they intended to sell, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Steven Wiggins Jr., 26, and Montoya Herron, 37, were arrested Thursday, according to troopers. They had flown from Seattle to Ketchikan that day with 6 ounces of methamphetamine in an "internal body cavity," trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters wrote in an email.

According to charging documents, Wiggins and Herron were in Ketchikan, about to board a flight to Prince of Wales Island, when they were approached by law enforcement, and Herron dropped a condom that held 167 grams of methamphetamine, or around 6 ounces.

Herron told officers she was carrying the drug on Wiggins' behalf. Wiggins was going to sell the drug on Prince of Wales Island, Herron said. Officers found about 400 plastic baggies inside Wiggins' backpack.

"The local estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $133,600 if sold at the most common street distribution quantity of 0.125 grams for $100," troopers wrote in an online dispatch.

They were charged with two counts of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to the Ketchikan Correctional Center, according to troopers.

Correction: An earlier version of this article identified both suspects as men; Herron is a woman.

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