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May Month In Review

Even midst a pandemic, SPD officers are still focused on doing day-to-day work and ongoing operations to disrupt the flow of harmful narcotics fueling crime and damaging our communities.

In once recent case on May 27th, West Precinct officers recovered a large amount of crack cocaine while checking on an unresponsive man in a tent near the 1000 block of Weller Street.

Officers were eventually able to rouse the man, and found 45 grams of crack cocaine, as well as five grams of heroin and three grams of methamphetamine and a stolen handgun inside the tent.

SPD’s Narcotics Unit also conducted an operation on a heroin trafficker working between Pierce County and Seattle earlier this month.

Detectives served several warrants in Tacoma and seized two handguns, thousands of dollars in cash, 147 grams of heroin, 35 grams of MDMA and 16 grams of mushrooms.

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Narcotics detectives and West Precinct officers arrested a suspect and recovered 63 grams of crack cocaine, over $2,000 cash, a laded rifle, a machete and large knife.

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Sexual Assault Unit Detectives seized 58 firearms while serving a Sexual Assault Protection/Firearm Surrender Order:


And detectives in SPD’s Domestic Violence Unit seized a shotgun as part of another investigation.


On May 25th, officers arrested a man for chasing and shouting racist remarks at an Asian couple in Ballard on May 25th. The man now faces hate crime charges, and detectives are investigating the man in connection with another string of incidents targeting Asian victims, also in Ballard, just days earlier.

City, State and Federal law enforcement are currently investigating a widespread fraud campaign in which victims’ identities are being used to file false unemployment claims. 

Victims, who have not filed unemployment claims, have received notification from their employer’s Human Resources department, or the Washington State Employment Securities Department, indicating an unemployment claim has been filed on their behalf.

SPD’s cyber-crime investigators are recommending a series of steps for anyone who knows, or believes, they are a victim of unemployment fraud.


Auto thefts have trended downward over the last month after spiking during the early stages of Washington’s Stay-at-Home order, but they’re still higher than we’d like to see.

Our department’s crime analysts have found the most frequently stolen vehicles are:

Subaru Legacy (1995 to 1999), Honda Civic (pre-2001), Honda Accord (1994 to 1997), Honda CRV (pre-2002), and Toyota Camry (pre-2000).

Please take a moment to visit our auto theft prevention page to learn what you can do to make your vehicle a less-appealing target for thieves. And here’s what you can do if your vehicle does go missing.