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Impaired Driving Investigation Leads to Significant Narcotics Arrest, Federal Charges

A call involving a driver asleep at the wheel led to an arrest and the recovery of a significant amount of narcotics last Monday.

Around 8:30 a.m., police were called to the 5500 block of 15th Avenue South for reports of a person asleep in a running vehicle partially blocking a sidewalk and a bike lane. Officers contacted the driver and took him into custody after observing signs of impairment. They also noted evidence of narcotics use inside the vehicle where the driver and passenger were seated, as well as on the driver’s clothing.

Police impounded the vehicle and a search warrant was later served on the car by Narcotics detectives. During the search, detectives recovered the following:

  • 17 pounds of methamphetamine
  • Two pounds of fentanyl pills
  • One pound of fentanyl powder
  • 340 grams of cocaine
  • 30 grams of heroin
  • $17,721 in cash

Based on the significant amount of narcotics found in the vehicle, detectives contacted federal law enforcement. A second search warrant was obtained and served at the suspect’s residence with the assistance of the FBI and Kirkland Police Department.

At the residence, police recovered:

  • Two and a half pounds of fentanyl powder
  • 300 grams of methamphetamine
  • 150 grams of cocaine
  • 1,000 fentanyl pills

The 42-year-old suspect was booked into the King County Jail for illegal possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, as well as driving under the influence – physical control. The suspect was charged at the federal level.

SPD appreciates the collaboration and help on this case from our partners at the FBI, King County Jail, and Kirkland PD.