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Grover Beach woman arrested after mailing package of meth to Virginia, police say

Dixie Howell, 37, of Grover Beach was arrested Friday, June 10, 2011, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of a stolen firearm. Original story »
Dixie Howell, 37, of Grover Beach was arrested Friday, June 10, 2011, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of a stolen firearm. Original story »

A Grover Beach woman was arrested today after allegedly mailing a quarter-pound of methamphetamine to Virginia.

The Pismo Beach Police Department on Thursday received information regarding a suspicious package to be sent to Virginia Beach, according to a news release.

The package was found to contain what was suspected to be a quarter-pound of methamphetamine, according to police. Investigators coordinated with the Virginia Beach Narcotics Team to deliver the package, and a suspect was arrested.

Pismo Beach police investigators then identified the person suspected of mailing the package, and today served a search warrant on a home in Grover Beach. The San Luis Obispo County Narcotics Task Force, the Grover Beach Police Special Enforcement Team and the Pismo Beach Police K-9 assisted in the operation.

In the home, officers found more than a quarter-pound of methamphetamine and a firearm that had been stolen June 2 during a burglary of an Arroyo Grande home, according to the news release.

Dixie Howell, 37, of Grover Beach was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of a stolen firearm and booked into County Jail.

According to police, the methamphetamine seized — more than a half-pound total — has a street value of about $11,000.

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