A lengthy investigation into heroin, methamphetamine and illegal pills in Grays Harbor County resulted in the arrest this week of multiple people and the recovery of weapons, drugs and two RV campers that were stolen from Oregon.
Aberdeen Detective Sgt. Darrin King said in a joint press release that on Wednesday afternoon, the Grays Harbor Drug Task Force (GHDTF) arrested a 51-year-old transient Arizona man in connection with second degree assault, first degree malicious mischief, unlawful possession of a firearm and delivery of drugs. His actions during the arrest added obstruction of officers and resisting arrest to the list.
The man was spotted near Walmart by an Aberdeen officer. As other officers arrived to assist, the man began ramming his vehicle into police vehicles and eventually into a cyclone fence before attempting to run on foot, but was tased and immediately subdued by officers. King reported no injuries to the suspect or to police. At least one citizen’s vehicle was involved as well. The Washington State Patrol handled the collision investigation.
King said that the convicted felon was found to be in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun was found in the vehicle he was driving. The investigation led to the Grayland area where three more suspects were arrested. They included a 45-year-old California man arrested for drugs and unlawful possession of a firearm. A 43-year-old California man was arrested for drugs and unlawful 0ossession of a firearm. A 51-year-old transient woman was arrested for delivery of drugs and unlawful possession of guns..
The group was traveling in two 40-foot motor homes which were reported as stolen from Junction City, Oregon. Both were recovered. Multiple firearms, a large amount of methamphetamine, heroin, illegal pills and cash were located inside the motor homes, police said.
The investigation is continuing and could lead to more allegations, King said. The GHDTF was assisted by the Lewis County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), Police Departments from Cosmopolis, Aberdeen and Hoquiam, along with the Grays Harbor and Pacific County Sheriff’s Offices, and the Washington State Patrol, King said.