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Proceedings continue in meth bust case

KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A trial date of April 30 has been set in the case of Peter Joey Riveranieves, a 24-year-old California man charged with second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Riveranieves was arrested in Ketchikan on Jan. 30 after being found to have been in possession of about 51 grams of suspected methamphetamine along with other items allegedly indicating an intent to deliver, according to court documents.

According to court documents, at about 3 p.m. on Jan. 29, Alaska State Troopers Drug Investigator Larry L. Dur’an II contacted Riveranieves at the Inter-Island Ferry Authority terminal in Ketchikan. Based on information learned during their interaction, law enforcement confiscated Riveranieves’ duffel bag and let him go free.

The documents further state that law enforcement later executed a search warrant on the bag and discovered 51 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a plastic baggie containing about 0.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine, about 200 empty plastic baggies and $2,826 cash.

The following day, Riveranieves was arrested at the Ketchikan International Airport as he was attempting to board a flight to Seattle, the court documents state.

Riveranieves was arraigned in Ketchikan Superior Court on Feb. 9.

He is being held at the Ketchikan Correctional Center on $50,000 bail. His next court appearance is a calendar call scheduled for 2:30 p.m. April 16 in Ketchikan Superior Court.