Missouri fugitive nabbed in Los Alamos Thursday

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Crime > Woman had been charged with dealing, possessing meth

By Tris DeRoma

Rowena MacDonald, 46, a woman wanted on numerous charges for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing in St Louis County, Mo., was picked up by law enforcement at noon Thursday, the Los Alamos Police Department said Friday.

MacDonald was detained on warrants out of Missouri, according to LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster.

The warrants were issued in connection with her alleged activities dealing meth in Missouri.

The original charges were possession of a controlled substance, distributing a controlled substance after admitting to using meth and allowing others to manufacture the drug at her home, according to authorities. Court documents, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, said that MacDonald allowed others to cook and make meth at her Missouri home. The newspaper also reported that between 2010 and 2012, MacDonald bought pseudoephedrine 25 times in St. Louis County.

“Los Alamos contacted us,” St. Louis County Police spokesman George Vaughn said. “And we have her on our wanted list. We are going to send our fugitive team out to get her and bring her back.”

Foster said MacDonald was picked up by Sgt. Chris Valdez from New Mexico State Police around noon Thursday and taken to the Los Alamos Detention Center, where she was to be picked up by Missouri authorities.

MacDonald was originally arrested December of 2012 by St. Louis County Police in a sweep that netted 26 others as part of a methamphetamine ring where participants are accused of manufacturing as well as distributing the drug throughout the state. Her bail was set at $50,000.

Penalties include one day up to one year in county jail or four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and a fine up to $5,000.

“If you are talking about multiple offenses, the penalties can vary,” Vaughn said.