Police seize $20,000 in drugs from van

By Sara Bruestle | Dec 22, 2013

Mukilteo police have taken nearly $20,000 worth of meth and heroin off the streets.

Officers seized a van in November parked at a hotel in the 3900 block of Harbour Pointe Boulevard S.W. after a narcotics K9 alerted them to the presence of drugs inside.

A search warrant on the GMC Safari van last week recovered 1.9 pounds of methamphetamine, 57.4 grams of heroin and about $4,800, said Officer Colt Davis, spokesperson for the Mukilteo Police Department.

The estimated street value of the drugs is nearly $20,000, Davis said.

While on patrol on Nov. 29, officers noticed two men breaking into the van in the parking lot of the hotel. The officers recognized one of the suspects, whom they had charged with trespassing on the site just days before.

“When we contacted him a few days later trying to get into the van, they thought it was suspicious,” Davis said.

The owner of the van was suspected of drug involvement, so officers called in a narcotics K9 to sniff the outside of the vehicle. The dog alerted them to the presence of illegal narcotics.

“One of the subjects had asked his friend to help him break into his friend’s van, because he had locked his keys inside,” wrote Police Sgt. William Dillon in a police report.

One of the suspects, 40, from Lake Stevens, had been charged with trespassing at the hotel three days before and was not supposed to be there. The other man is 36 and from Arlington.

On Nov. 26, police were called to the hotel for a report of possible drug activity. Hotel management had been alerted to numerous unauthorized guests coming and going from a room and making a lot of noise.

Six suspects associated with the hotel room were charged with trespassing at the manager’s request; four of the six were also arrested and booked into jail on warrants.

The Lake Stevens man was out of jail on bail when officers found him breaking into the van.

“A few days ago, they had arrested this person for a warrant, so it piqued their interest,” Davis said. “‘What’s he doing over here? He’s not supposed to be on this property.’”

“They said, ‘This doesn’t seem right. Let’s see if we can get a dog out here and sniff around.’”

The van was impounded at Hansen’s Towing pending a search warrant. A judge gave permission to search the vehicle Dec. 17.

Police have asked the prosecutor to charge the suspects with possession and distribution of illegal drugs, Davis said.

The van and money have been seized pending a hearing to determine ownership.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Charles Eakins | Dec 22, 2013 21:06

3900 block eh? Oh that would be the Extended Stay, since there aren't any other Hotels there. :P Since when have we had a Meth problem here?

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