Woman arrested on meth charges in Penn Valley | TheUnion.com

Woman arrested on meth charges in Penn Valley

Some of the "blue meth" allegedly located at Dawn Lee's residence in Penn Valley.
Nevada County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy photo |

A Penn Valley woman was arrested on drug sales charges after members of the Narcotics Task Force searched her Penn Valley home Monday morning.

Dawn Theresa Lee, 41, reportedly was out on bail with search and seizure terms when Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a search of her residence in the 19000 block of Penn Valley Drive.

Deputies found a small bag containing about 3 grams of methamphetamine next to Lee in the master bedroom, said task force member John Dzioba.

Dzioba added that Lee was under the influence of a controlled substance and was detained.

A further search of the residence reportedly uncovered about 22 grams of meth packaged for sale in eight-ball increments, a scale, packaging material, a meth pipe and $700 in cash.

“The interesting thing is that the meth we found had a blue tint — a light Dodger blue,” Dzioba said. “We don’t know for sure why, but it could be a signature.”

“Blue meth” has become associated with the wildly popular TV show “Breaking Bad,” which features meth dealer Walter White. The show, currently set in Albuquerque, is in its final season.

Albuquerque Candy Shop owner Debbie Ball, who made the fake blue meth crystals used in the first seasons of the show, reportedly now sells harmless sweet versions. And Albuquerque beauty spa Great Face & Body has developed a line of “Bathing Bad” bath salts, offering classes so customers can make the blue crystals themselves.

Lee was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possession for sale, possessing drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and committing a felony while on bail. She was being held in lieu of $72,000 bail.

Lee has a number of prior criminal cases in Nevada County dating back to 2001, mostly involving theft, forgery and drugs.

She most recently was arrested in June and charged with petty theft with three or more priors, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing stolen property, possessing an ingestion device and resisting arrest.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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