Crime

Lakewood woman charged with taking over boyfriend’s meth operation while he’s in jail

A Lakewood woman is accused of taking over her boyfriend’s methamphetamine operation after he was jailed on drug charges.

Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Sarahanne Patterson, 20, with two counts of unlawful possession of meth with the intent to deliver.

She was arrested Monday after officers served search warrants on her Cadillac Escalade and Pontiac.

“Police had information that she had immediately taken over her boyfriend’s drug operation after he was incarcerated,” according to charging papers.

In a locked safe under the driver’s seat of the Cadillac were 88 grams of suspected meth, police said. Another 30 grams of the drug allegedly was hidden in Patterson’s bra.

Patterson’s boyfriend, Bryan Stringer, has been in the Pierce County Jail since Oct. 1. He has pleaded not guilty to four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

Stringer was on federal probation for prior drug convictions when he was arrested after an undercover operation by Lakewood police.

Officers found crack cocaine, Oxycodone, meth, liquid PCP and cash in his apartment when he was taken into custody, court records show.

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