ST. GEORGE — A 32-year-old woman was arrested on felony drug distribution charges early Saturday morning after she was found in and out of consciousness at McDonald’s fast food restaurant with a large amount of methamphetamine.
Around 2:30 a.m., officers responded to McDonald’s, 798 E. St. George Blvd., on a report of an intoxicated woman, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest. The woman was later identified as 32-year-old Kristin Kelli Riggs, of Ivins.
“She was impaired and hard to get any information out of as she was in and out of consciousness,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement.
After police located a large amount of suspected methamphetamine individually wrapped in plastic and Ziploc baggies, the statement said, Riggs was placed under arrest.
Police also located a baggie with a small amount of a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana in Riggs’ purse and a syringe loaded with a clear liquid substance suspected to be methamphetamine, according to the statement.
“She was advised that if she went into the jail with any drugs, weapons or illegal contraband, she would be additionally charged with a felony,” the arresting officer wrote. “I advised her prior to exiting my vehicle in the sally port again that if she went into the jail with any drugs or weapons that she did not advised (sic) me about or I did not locate she would be charged with a felony.”
Though Riggs said she did not have any contraband on her person, the statement said, deputies in the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility’s pre-booking area located an additional syringe with clear liquid residue in Riggs’ right boot along with a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine in clear Ziploc baggies.
Riggs was booked into the correctional facility and charged with a second-degree felony for drug possession with the intent to distribute, two class B misdemeanors for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and a class C misdemeanor for intoxication.
Judge G. Michael Westfall, of the 5th District Court, ordered $10,000 cash-only bail for Riggs’ release pending trial.
She was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Monday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Douglas Terry. She is scheduled to make her next court appearance Dec. 14.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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