Two arrested for meth/heroin trafficking following Meridian crash

Posted at 1:43 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 15:43:44-04

A vehicle crash and rollover Wednesday evening has landed two Meridian residents in jail -– on drug trafficking charges.

About 6:20 p.m., Meridian Police officers responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Park Creek.

Investigators later determined Kathryn Priest, 19, was driving northbound in a Subaru Forrester when she reportedly rear-ended a silver BMW driven by her boyfriend, Kade Moore, 22. The collision caused the Subaru to roll over onto its top.

The investigation initially began as a possible DUI, according to Meridian Police Department Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea.

But officers became suspicious after an Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy drug-sniffing K-9 alerted on both vehicles.

“During a search of the Subaru, the officers discovered a black safe which the K-9 also alerted on. The safe contained approximately one pound of heroin. The BMW also contained a safe which contained approximately six ounces of methamphetamine,” Basterrechea said.

Priest and Moore were both booked in to the Ada County Jail for trafficking heroin and trafficking methamphetamine, along with possession of drug paraphernalia. Priest was also booked for possession of marijuana and was cited for inattentive driving, Basterrechea stated.