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Two residents face meth-related charges

Daily News Staff Writer

Two Ketchikan residents were arraigned Friday in Ketchikan District Court for the alleged possession and intent to distribute 44 grams of methamphetamine.

Heather Diane Morris, 34, allegedly shipped the meth from Texas and then drove James Lorme, 47, to the post office in Ketchikan for him to pick it up, according to Lt. Andy Berntson of the Ketchikan Police Department.

The street value of meth in Ketchikan varies between $200 and $300 a gram, according to Berntson. By this estimate, the value of the meth picked up is around $11,000.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Lorme picked up the package and they drove off. KPD stopped the vehicle near the ferry terminal parking lot, according to Berntson.

Lorme was in the passenger seat of Morris's vehicle with the shipment of meth, a .45 caliber handgun and a digital scale, according to the KPD probable cause statement. Furthermore, near Morris were four small plastic bags. Two of the plastic bags contained a crystalline residue and two contained a total of 2.4 grams of meth, according to police documents.

Morris was charged with one count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class B felony. The maximum sentence for this offense is 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.

At Friday’s arraignments, Ketchikan District Court Judge Kevin Miller set Morris's bail at $5,000. He said that her actions "pose a significant danger to this community."

Lorme was charged with one count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and one count of second-degree misconduct involving weapons, both Class B felonies. He was also charged with a Class C felony for one count of thierd-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. The maximum sentence for a Class C felony is five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Ketchikan Assistant District Attorney Alex Kramarczuk said Lorme moved to Ketchikan in 2017.

"He's currently facing three felony charges and I think there's a legitimate concern he would be motivated to skip town to avoid them," Kramarczuk said.

Miller set Lorme's bail at $10,000; performance and appearance bonds at $5,000 each.

"Because of the potential for flight risk, I'm going to require electronic monitoring," Miller said.

The judge decided against electronic monitoring for Morris because of her connection with the community. Morris has lived in Ketchikan for more than two decades and has four children, according to information presented in court.

Neither of the accused are allowed to have contact with each other, and both are subject to drug testing and searches for controlled substances. Both have been instructed not to leave Ketchikan.

They both will appear in court for their preliminary hearings on April 11.