OAKLAND — A woman going through security at Oakland International Airport on her way to a flight to Montana was arrested early Thursday morning for trying to smuggle nearly a pound of methamphetamine onto the flight, police said.

With a street value of about $43,000 in Oakland — possibly more in Montana, officials said — this was the largest amount of meth ever seized at the airport, police said.

Latacha Roberson, 25, of Oakland had a ticket for an America West flight bound for Montana via Phoenix, said Sgt. Larry Krupp. At about 5:15 a.m., during a random search of her purse at the security gate at Terminal One, security officers discovered a small bag of meth, 10 or 15 Ecstasy pills and a couple of crack pipes tucked inside.

"We detained her, arrested her and took her to the police office here at the airport," Krupp said. "A further search found more meth in two small golf ball-sized bags in her jacket. That was probably about 130 grams."

But that wasn't all. When the woman was transported to the women's jail in Oakland, a more extensive search was performed by female officers that revealed about 300 more grams of methamphetamine in two

5-inch-long plastic bags in the woman's panties.

"She told us it was just for personal use, but that was definitely more than someone would use for personal recreation," Krupp said.

Authorities said the 430 grams of meth would work out to about 2,100 dosage units of the drug.


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Roberson, who is unemployed, was arrested and booked on possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine, Krupp said.

The large meth seizure comes on the heels of the biggest marijuana bust at the airport earlier this year. In March, 11 pounds of pot worth about $10,000 were confiscated, and an airline baggage loader was charged in the smuggling attempt.