Traffic stop leads to meth bust in Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KSFY) - Authorities in Watertown say a routine traffic stop led to the seizure of a quarter-pound of methamphetamine.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 10 block of 1st Avenue NW around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say during that stop, officers became suspicious of drug activity.

A K-9 unit indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Officers searched the car and found roughly a quarter-pound of meth, as well as a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The driver, 29-year-old Kurtis Duke, and a passenger, 22-year-old Nikita Zambrano-Ross, were both arrested on several charges, including felony possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. That charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

KSFY News asked Codington County Sheriff Brad Howell why Zambrano-Ross was wearing a towel in her mug shot.

Howell said part of the booking process in Codington County is taking a shower and changing into jail clothing. Zambrano-Ross had just finshed showering at the time of the picture. Jail staff was busy with multiple things and took the photo while the inmate was still wearing the towel over her wet hair.