Santa Fe drug dealer found passed out at wheel; cops find heroin, crack and cash

Updated: 08/21/2014 6:11 PM | Created: 08/21/2014 6:05 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Memo to criminals: when you're heading out to sell narcotics, it may not be a good idea to drive drunk or loaded on sleeping pills. A busy intersection is also not a good place to take a nap.

Santa Fe police say when they arrested a woman they found asleep at the wheel in broad daylight, they also found drugs. The woman has admitted she's been a dealer for more than ten years.

Officers say 29-year-old Katherine Ramirez was completely conked out in her truck after swerving through the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Siringo Road Tuesday afternoon. 

A police dashboard camera shows Ramirez stumbling and fumbling her way through a field sobriety test. Horizontal gaze – 9-Step Walk & Run – One Leg Stand – Alphabet – Finger Dexterity (Touch & Count) – cops say she flunked them all, and told them she was on sleeping pills.

"This woman couldn't even talk," said Santa Fe Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt. "She was so out of it, she had no business being on the roads. When we searched her truck, we found 11 grams of heroin, 11 grams of crack cocaine, about $700, and prescription drugs including morphine.  This woman actually admitted to an officer that she's been selling drugs in Santa Fe since she was 18. She's now 29!"

Katherine Ramirez is charged with aggravated DWI, heroin trafficking and cocaine trafficking. On top of that, the truck had no insurance and she was driving on a revoked license.

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