WSP stops overweight truck, finds ‘white powder’

Driver arrested on an outstanding warrant

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



A commercial truck driver stopped for driving an overweight rig was arrested after troopers found what they believe is methamphetamine in her purse, according to Washington State Patrol.

Katherine Simms, 50, of Yuba City, Calif., was transporting a load of frozen chickens from Livingston, Calif., to Longview when she was stopped by commercial vehicle enforcement officers at the Port of Entry in Ridgefield about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to the state patrol.

Her truck and trailer registered 1,100 pounds overweight, Trooper Will Finn said, and officers learned that Simms had an outstanding arrest warrant issued in Oregon.

Officers searched Simms and found a plastic bag of white powder, which officers believe to be methamphetamine, in her purse, Finn said.

The agency obtained a search warrant for Simms’ rig, where Finn said troopers found two glass smoking devices in the vehicle’s living quarters.

Simms was taken to the Clark County Jail for the warrant. Additional charges against Simms are pending.

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