West Seattle Crime Watch: $45K of meth found on repeat offender

May 20, 2014 at 8:55 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 21 Comments

From SPD Blotter: A 35-year-old suspect pulled over in Highland Park last night for alleged speeding/reckless driving turned out to be in possession of a pound of methamphetamine, say police, worth about $45,000 on the street. The SPD Blotter report also notes that the suspect had 23 prior felony convictions, and a current arrest warrant. The arrest happened in the 7800 block of 16th SW (map). Here’s the report on SPD’s website; we’re checking for more on the suspect’s background.


  1. 23 prior felony convictions??? Why is he even out on the street?

    Comment by Franky Fitz — 9:04 am May 20, 2014 #

  2. Before the usual questions arise: I haven’t found this person on the jail logs yet so I don’t know what their history is. There are many felonies that don’t count as “strike” offenses (as in “three strikes/you’re out”) so yes, it’s certainly possible to have this many felonies and have served all your time. Will update with whatever more we can find out, might be some hours, though.

    Comment by WSB — 9:07 am May 20, 2014 #

  3. 23 Skidoo

    Comment by Dale — 9:34 am May 20, 2014 #

  4. How many times do you need to get caught before you realize you’re bad at crime? This guy is headed for a Darwin Award.

    Comment by Rebecca — 10:00 am May 20, 2014 #

  5. 23 felony convictions, wow! No lessons learned.

    Comment by helridge — 10:04 am May 20, 2014 #

  6. Dad?

    Comment by DTK — 10:55 am May 20, 2014 #

  7. Well, he certainly missed the memo, “Only break one law at a time.”

    Comment by JustAthought — 12:00 pm May 20, 2014 #

  8. Just a little personal stash, huh?

    Comment by Steve f — 12:02 pm May 20, 2014 #

  9. OMG wouldn’t you think if you had that in your car you would drive “good” but I guess that’s why there’s that old saying…”dope is for dopes”!

    Comment by payrollgirl — 12:39 pm May 20, 2014 #

  10. This happened basically in our driveway in the 7700 block of 16th Avenue SW. We wondered why there was such a large police reponse (at least 4 cars). We saw an officer holding the very large bag of white powder. The suspect was on a motorcycle.

    Comment by 16th Ave SW Resident — 1:56 pm May 20, 2014 #

  11. Don’t get high on your supply.

    Comment by Sandal41 — 2:12 pm May 20, 2014 #

  12. I’d like to hear more on the suspect when information becomes available, WSB. Thanks for the report.

    Comment by lox — 2:26 pm May 20, 2014 #

  13. Breaking Dumb

    Comment by Eric — 3:48 pm May 20, 2014 #

  14. I rode by the scene, too, wondering what was going on…figured he was speeding down 16th, but to find this out – whoa.
    23 felonies, a pound of meth, a current warrant and reckless driving.
    Maybe this time…

    Comment by Todd — 4:19 pm May 20, 2014 #

  15. I would be interested to learn what the cumulative time this person has been incarcerated.


    23 convictions at age 35?


    Our judicial system has failed us repeatedly.

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 5:04 pm May 20, 2014 #

  16. LOL….the criminal justice system is just fine…just fine.

    Comment by RJB — 5:17 pm May 20, 2014 #

  17. That is 7-9 k, to arrive at 45k they assume he was going to get top dollar and sell it 10 dollars worth at a time, I think the practice of using the upper end of street prices is somewhat misleading. Also, I don’t know why everyone hears this and jumps to “he should be in jail! We aren’t safe! Our legal system is failing!”. He probably had 2-3 cases, with a couple of them being large multi count cases where they ran his time concurrently or something. He probably has and will continue to spent most of his adult life in jail, why is that not good enough? Anyways if you all want to fight crime I would suggest you dedicate some of your time to ensuring everyone has proper access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment, as well as providing support to children from unstable homes. Doing these things would be far more effective than locking people up for longer, or b#$ching on the internet… feel free to keep doing what you’re doing, but don’t be too mad if nothing changes

    Comment by beep — 7:14 pm May 20, 2014 #

  18. Hmmm. I for one, do not know the street price of meth or the normal size bought. However, like insurance, you insure the retail price of the item, not the wholesale price.
    I’d say that anything more than 10 felonies in a lifetime means you are banned from the game of life. I’d wager that the majority of people have never even been arrested once. Do not make excuses for this menace to society.

    Comment by Eric1 — 11:45 pm May 20, 2014 #

  19. Beep why are you minimizing the man’s criminal background, and his newest charges? For all you know he could be a dangerous sexual predator.
    To automatically assume the best of someone caught with an extraordinary amount of methamphetamine, and an extraordinary criminal history… is interesting.
    He’s likely hurt a LOT of people in his life, and in his criminal career. He’ll likely hurt a LOT more (or end up killing someone) before he’s finally given a tough message from one of our judges. Although given the lax sentencing prescribed by our prosecutors and ascribed by our judges lately, this guy may run rampant for the rest of his natural life.

    Comment by ScubaFrog — 12:29 am May 21, 2014 #

  20. I’m not misled that this person was caught with a pound of meth. Nor do I need to speculate with “probably”. The fact is this person is a 23 convicted felon with an arrest warrant caught with a pound of meth. This person needs to be removed from society for a good while. They are contributing nothing.

    Comment by Eric — 4:44 am May 21, 2014 #

  21. police do their jobs – courts do not do their’s

    Comment by joel — 8:33 am May 21, 2014 #

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