House site of second drug bust by police in a year
MONROE - A house that was the scene of a brief standoff last January was again the scene of police activity earlier this month when five people were arrested on suspicion of drugs and stolen guns.
The arrests happened Friday, Jan. 4 by the Monroe Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Monroe police spokeswoman Debbie Willis said the DEA confiscated two guns from the house and one has been confirmed to be stolen. The DEA took possession of the evidence from the search, Willis said.
The house in the 300 block of Short Columbia Street has been under investigation for two months. This isn’t the first time police visited this house. In January 2012, police arrested several people for drug-related activities.
The two agencies executed a search warrant for the Jan. 4 arrests around 6 a.m., according to police reports. A search of the residence recovered methamphetamine, heroin and stolen guns.
Twelve people were in the house at the time of the search. Only five were arrested because they were the only ones suspected of criminal activity throughout the two-month investigation, Willis said.
Four of the five were arrested on conspiracy and drug-related charges. The three men and one woman between the ages 30 and 45 were all residents of Monroe. A fourth man, 26, from Duvall was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Willis said it was interesting that the same house was the scene of similar criminal activity just last year.
On Jan. 6, 2012, the Monroe Police Department was assisted by the SWAT teams of Monroe, South Snohomish County and Bothell in a search that resulted in a brief standoff at the house on Short Columbia Street.
Eight people were in the house at that time. Four initially refused to come out, resulting in a brief standoff, according to police reports. The resulting search recovered methamphetamine, a small marijuana grow operation and drug paraphernalia including scales and used syringes. Items that were seized believed at the time to be stolen included debit cards, credit cards, checks, mail and construction tools.
One of the items seized was a nail gun that was later found to be stolen during a burglary at Housing Hope in October 2011.
Five people were arrested in the 2012 search. The three men and two women arrested were between the ages 23 and 44 and residents of Monroe and Kenmore. Charges included possession of stolen property, manufacturing marijuana, obstruction and outstanding warrants.
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