Update: Police serve drug warrant at High Point home; helicopter assistance earlier

March 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm | In Helicopter, High Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 31 Comments

(Photos by Christopher Boffoli for WSB, added 9:37 pm)
8:32 PM: On the way home from a meeting, we have spotted Guardian One circling north of High Point. Not sure yet what’s going on, but we’re checking.

8:40 PM: One commenter reports what appears to be a search in High Point.

8:45 PM: Tweet from Guardian One confirms it.

9:18 PM: Found the house on which police had converged, along SW Juneau a couple blocks east of 35th; added a photo. Commenter “Soul Cat adds some context.

9:33 PM: New information via WSB’s Christopher Boffoli and Katie Meyer: Christopher confirmed at the scene that it was a narcotics warrant – adding his images shortly. Katie reports that scanner traffic indicated at least two people in custody.

31 Comments

  1. Very loud here at 37th & Graham! Nothing on the 911 logs.

    Comment by SarahScoot — 8:34 pm March 20, 2014 #

  2. Have heard it for the last 5 minutes or so.

    Comment by Kate — 8:34 pm March 20, 2014 #

  3. I had it in view pulled over here on southbound 35th but it’s not circling the same area. Going to go see if it’s totally left the area. If anyone’s seeing ground police activity, let us know!

    Comment by WSB — 8:35 pm March 20, 2014 #

  4. It just moved on a few minutes ago.

    Comment by James — 8:36 pm March 20, 2014 #

  5. Heard it well north of you folks on Graham

    Comment by NW — 8:36 pm March 20, 2014 #

  6. I live a block away. It’s a search of a home. The cops pulled up and said “If you are inside the home at 32XX S Junea, this is the Seattle Police, we are executing a search warrant of the home.”

    Comment by bl@ster — 8:37 pm March 20, 2014 #

  7. 31st and juneau. its gone now.

    Comment by marie1 — 8:38 pm March 20, 2014 #

  8. thanks, Bl@ster!

    Comment by WSB — 8:40 pm March 20, 2014 #

  9. It’s in the alley behind on 34th and Juneau, I can watch it from my deck, always thought something funny was going on at that house!

    Comment by Ml — 8:53 pm March 20, 2014 #

  10. We live right in front of a house that was just busted by about 20 Seattle Police and I’m assuming that is what the helicopter is from. We’re at Juneau and 34th av sw and it’s right behind us.
    It’s a known drug house and we’ve had neighborhood meetings with the SPD on what to do about it but they have had trouble getting them to sell to one of their people. They occupants are being led out in hand cuff right now so I’m hoping a 3 year ordeal might be coming to an
    end. One of the occupants of the house ran into a neighbors house and the SPD arrested him there. It’s dying down right now. Thanks to the Seattle Police Dept.

    Comment by Soul Cat — 9:10 pm March 20, 2014 #

  11. Thanks, Soul Cat. We just went by and got a pic but there’s typically no comment on this until afterward – TR
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    (update, have added to the story – turns out that Christopher had been there already, and confirmed it’s a drug warrant)

    Comment by WSB — 9:21 pm March 20, 2014 #

  12. Update,

    They are still interviewing occupants at the site and some have been led away in handcuffs.

    Comment by Soul Cat — 9:44 pm March 20, 2014 #

  13. Finally!! This house has been a problem for the last few years. We have witnessed several drug deals here. I am so thankful this huias was busted!

    Comment by SJ2 — 9:54 pm March 20, 2014 #

  14. It is not a Highpoint home that was raided. It’s a couple blocks up from Highpoint, but not in Highpoint. Just saying.

    Comment by HPG — 9:55 pm March 20, 2014 #

  15. Progress, one house at a time.

    Comment by Chrisd — 10:07 pm March 20, 2014 #

  16. Thanks, HPG, but Juneau east of 35th is quite squarely in High Point. HP refers to more than the SHA-owned/planned area. The city maps don’t always match generally accepted boundaries but in this case it’s pretty close – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seattle_-_High_Point_map.jpg

    Comment by WSB — 10:10 pm March 20, 2014 #

  17. SO happy the SPD could finally move in!! A long time coming and great news for our neighborhood. Goodbye, drug dealers!

    Comment by Puglet — 10:25 pm March 20, 2014 #

  18. Disclaimer printed on above wikimedia source: ” Map of Seattle’s High Point neighborhood. Like the other maps from the Seattle City Clerk’s Neighborhood Map Atlas, this is not an official map; in particular, borders are not official.”

    Comment by dsa — 10:35 pm March 20, 2014 #

  19. Yes, there are pretty much no official borders, and the city map has some weirdness, and we have discussed boundaries here over and over – for our purposes covering West Seattle news, Juneau *is* in High Point, and I’ve never heard/seen anyone dispute that before. The scene of tonight’s search is not far from this landmark: https://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/locations/68.htm

    Comment by WSB — 10:51 pm March 20, 2014 #

  20. It’s more than weird. They are changing the boundaries. If there ever were boundaries. I spent the first 20 years or so of my life just a block south of Myrtle which is now included in High Point by that map. It wasn’t that way then. High Point ended at Myrtle, and everyone considered High Point to be only the public assisted housing and not beyond that in any direction. At that time if one lived in High Point, it meant they lived in the multiplexes of the public housing authority.
    .
    We were considered to be in Olympic Heights, which was the name of the drug store and shopping area at 35th and Webster.

    Comment by dsa — 12:45 am March 21, 2014 #

  21. High Point refers to not just the housing development but the general area.

    Comment by Gordy Griffiths — 8:26 am March 21, 2014 #

  22. Highpoint, the planned community, is in Highpoint, the neighborhood. But Highpoint, the neighborhood, has more than just Highpoint, the planned community.

    Comment by skeeter — 11:37 am March 21, 2014 #

  23. its kinda funny to see my neighbors fighting over boundaries and lines who gives a sh*t what neighborhood its in!! it could be alki,whitecenter or the junction!! at least its one less drug house closed up in our west seattle neighborhoods!! and be thankful the police and your neighbors are helping you get this done!! if you are in denial and think this isn’t happening in your neighborhood well it is and your fighting over these stupid same imaginary boundaries and neighborhoods that the wannabe gangbangers /drug dealers are fighting over!!
    it dont matter if you live east of 35th or west of 35th its one west seattle and you dont have to be rich or poor to be in a gang or be a drug dealer it could be your neighbor????? stop with the gentrification thats fu**ing up this city up!!! and unite the community not divide it!!

    Comment by Vanilla Gorilla — 12:19 pm March 21, 2014 #

  24. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you Vanilla Gorilla. Well said. Who cares! All I care about is that the problems are dealt with and the neighborhood is restored. I think I am understanding more of why it is hard to get things done in this town. This map, this boundry, blah, blah, blah.

    Comment by Laura — 11:33 pm March 21, 2014 #

  25. Yes, well put, Vanilla Gorilla…

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 10:03 am March 22, 2014 #

  26. Have we won the War on Drugs yet?

    Comment by Marcus M — 12:42 pm March 22, 2014 #

  27. This kid is right^ this is not a drug house, it is a needle exchange used for helping addicts stay clean and keep needles out of reach of children. This house is now made out to look like a crime spot but actualy it was helping the community more than most houses in the Seattle area. For those of you that don’t know it’s actually a way to help prevent HIV i, staff, and Hepatitis C Throughtout the drug using community. in order to receive noodles from this place a person has to bring all of their dirty needles back and exchange them for clean Ones, riding the community of dirty thrown out Needles.

    Comment by Terry Sanderson — 9:13 pm March 22, 2014 #

  28. Hi – our rules don’t require registration or real names, but they do require that you choose ONE pseudonym for use in any given topic. Three comments with the same IP and same e-mail address were submitted with three different aka’s, and we are approving one (one of the other two would have been rejected anyway due to profanity and name-calling). If you have something more to say, please stick to that one approved aka. As for the needle-exchange info, I did not get a reply from SPD Friday with the upshot of the police operation, so when I ask them again on Monday, I’ll inquire about that too. Thanks! – Tracy

    Comment by WSB — 9:29 pm March 22, 2014 #

  29. Whenever I’d go on an evening walk, I thought it was weird their would always be open. If they do sell the house, it has a pretty good view. At least from the street level.

    Comment by Lynda B — 9:52 am March 23, 2014 #

  30. With all due respect I find it very interesting the comment regarding the home being used for needle exchanges etc. Sounds real nice keeping the community safe however if that is the case I would like it located in the business district than a residental neighborhood. That way they could be monitored and kept compliant in what their purpose is. Like that would ever happen. Seems kind of funny that this good community service has the SPD bearing down on them with warrants and a person or two in custody. As a home owner this is the last situation I would want to live next to. I am sure when the time came to sell my home people would be knocking down the door to make the sale.

    Comment by Laura — 2:06 pm March 23, 2014 #

  31. If this was in fact a needle exchange house, it comes as a surprise to the neighborhood, And the SPD.
    And it’s been pretty well established that they were also selling what was going in the needles.
    And until you can prov e this assertion, I’ll keep on believing it’s a house that sells Meth and other illegal drugs for profit.

    Comment by Soul Cat — 11:50 pm March 27, 2014 #

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