UPDATE: The ‘Meth ATM’ Story: National Attention, Local Scrutiny

Kitsap County again got national attention for news of the unusual when a Bremerton woman allegedly deposited meth into her bank account from an ATM.

UPDATE: It even made NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien. To watch it, click here, then go to “watch full episodes” and click on the Feb. 15 show. It appears about 3 minutes and 50 seconds into the show. Special thanks to fellow reporter Derek Sheppard for catching it.

Just in case you were under a rock this past week (not that it’s bad sometimes), read the story here.

Media outlets from The Canadian Press to Fox News told the tale. A commenter on the original story even found a possible “kissin’ cousin” that attempted to deposit pot into an ATM in Salem, Ore.

I have posted the original police report, with names redacted, so you can see for yourself how police investigated and developed probable cause for the 18-year-old’s arrest.


See those documents here.

Interestingly, the woman does say she’s a former meth user. She says she “may have” accidentally placed the bag of meth into the deposit envelope. But it is not an outright admission of guilt, as some medias have twisted this story into.

As with all criminal cases — and I do think this needs to be repeated — she is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. We’ll see what happens when the case moves on.

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