CRIME WATCH: 2 arrested in Seattle Police undercover operation in White Center

12:37 PM: From SPD Blotter:

A man and a woman were arrested late Thursday afternoon after they attempted to sell stolen tires to undercover detectives in White Center. The suspects also showed up to the meet with a handgun and a large amount of heroin.

Major Crimes Task Force detectives were assisting a victim who had reported their 2001 Subaru Impresa stolen from Kirkland. The stolen car was recovered in West Seattle on Wednesday, but it had been stripped of its tires. The next day the victim located what looked like his stolen Subaru tires being sold on the site Offer Up. The victim was able to prove the tires and rims were his because he had the receipts and the DOT number stamps for the tires in question.

A detective, posing as an interested buyer, contacted the seller and arranged to meet at a location in White Center. The female seller showed up with a male passenger in her car. After verifying that the DOT numbers matched on the tires, patrol officers arrested both the female and male for trafficking in stolen property. A handgun was visible on the passenger side floorboard of the suspect’s car. The car the suspects arrived in was impounded pending a search warrant. The tires will be returned to the victim as soon as the search warrant is served.

The 25-year-old female admitted to being a heroin dealer and was in possession of 95 grams of heroin. The 25-year-old male suspect was a convicted felon, and prohibited from possessing a gun.

Both suspects were interviewed by detectives and later booked into the King County Jail for trafficking in stolen property, gun, and drug charges. Major Crimes detectives will continue to follow up on this case.

We’re checking into the suspects’ backgrounds and will also be watching for information from their bail hearing.

1:57 PM: The male suspect has felony convictions from 2011 and 2012, the first from a plea bargain in a robbery case, the second from a guilty plea in a residential burglary in Highland Park.

2:45 PM: The SPD Blotter item was updated after first publication with this additional information, as well as photos, one of which we’ve added above: “After the search warrant, detectives recovered an additional 148 grams of heroin from the center console of the suspect vehicle. The gun was a Glock .45 caliber that had been stolen from an auto theft in Pierce County.”

7:20 PM: Both had bail hearings this afternoon, according to the jail register, which shows his bail set at $15,000, hers at $10,000.

27 Replies to "CRIME WATCH: 2 arrested in Seattle Police undercover operation in White Center"

  • Apey April 13, 2018 (12:59 pm)

    Nicely done! Hopefully they won’t be back on the street in a couple of days.

  • Mark Schletty April 13, 2018 (1:05 pm)

    The way our King County judges think (?) and work (?), they should be back on the streets to continue their criminal activity by either tonight or Monday. There really does appear to be no downside to crime in our area. Thanks, judiciary.

    • Kevin April 14, 2018 (8:03 pm)

      The way our King County judges think (?) and work (?), they should be back on the streets to continue their criminal activity by either tonight or Monday.”


      The way our West Seattle neighbors think (?) and believe (?) we should forget about “innocent until proven guilty”. Hopefully they are willing to waive their right to bail and prepare their defense from jail if they are charged with a crime.

  • Jim P. April 13, 2018 (1:32 pm)

    Well done!  My hat is off to the police on this.

    I should dearly love to see a video of that arrest…the look on their faces would be priceless.

  • Uh April 13, 2018 (1:47 pm)

    Wow- great job resourceful victim and Seattle PD! this is great news to those in Seattle who have expressed frustration with city law enforcement. 

    And for you bargain hunters, don’t worry- these sellers will be back online tomorrow with more great deals!

    • WHAT? April 13, 2018 (7:10 pm)

      Much love for law enforcement, much hate for prosecutors?

      Someone only watched half of Law & Order!

      • KD April 13, 2018 (8:38 pm)

        ^^^

        THAT’s Funny!!!  (1/2 of law and order!! 😆)

  • Sharon April 13, 2018 (1:47 pm)

    Oh that was the big response in O Reilly’s parking lot yesterday afternoon.

    • WSB April 13, 2018 (1:49 pm)

      Yup, we heard something brewing there but not how it shook out until now.

  • Seattlite April 13, 2018 (4:38 pm)

    Way to go SPD!!!!!!!

  • Joe Puckett April 13, 2018 (4:38 pm)

    Not only will they be back on the street soon but a Seattle landlord will not be able to check their criminal history if they apply for a rental.  Thank you Seattle City Council!

  • Thistle stairs April 13, 2018 (5:36 pm)

    Did this say 243 grams were recovered?! I don’t know about drugs and  everyone seems so nonchalant but isn’t that an insane amount? Like thousands of doses? 

     This also makes me wonder what happens to people who just loose the drugs loaned to them to sell by their suppliers through sheer stupidity. These folks might have more than a debt to society to pay. Yikes

    • WHAT? April 13, 2018 (7:18 pm)

      Yeah, I think that’s over 30k street value, it’s a LOT.  It’s make me think the bail (see WSB comment below) is ridiculously low…

      I don’t know why people continue to so vastly underestimate how much cash drug dealers have.

      (As for whether or not they’ll get hit by higher ups–unlikely, people get busted, cost of doing business, if a higher up regularly hit people who just got dumb and busted he’d lose workers quick)

  • Status Check April 13, 2018 (5:37 pm)

    Have they been booked into jail yet? Or have they been released? Names?

    • WSB April 13, 2018 (7:05 pm)

      They are both still on the jail register. Looks like they had bail hearings this afternoon; his was set at $15,000, hers at $10,000.

  • Suspend Disbelief April 13, 2018 (8:17 pm)

    $10k bail for an admitted heroin dealer with 243 grams of smack in her car?  While people with legitimate chronic pain conditions live in fear of losing access to pain medication due to the “opiate epidemic”.  There’s something very wrong here.

  • Buttercup April 13, 2018 (8:39 pm)

    Her heroin was worth more than her bail. Ironic, something not right about this.

  • Tony April 13, 2018 (10:37 pm)

    That’s 8.77 ounces, over 1/2 a POUND of heroine. They sell that by 1/4, 1/8 Gram. That is a TON of dope….insane. Their bail should be $100,000……

  • Chuck April 13, 2018 (11:43 pm)

    Well done SPD! Agree with Tony–bail much too low for these low-lifes. Still, a great arrest and glad they’re off the street. 

  • Steve April 14, 2018 (6:48 am)

    Well done by the police and detectives!! However that bail is way too low. Is this accurate WSB?  It might be  for the first charges pending search warrants results in which case the SPD is stacking bail and they wont be able to post till all the charges are settled. 

  • Rico April 14, 2018 (7:41 am)

    As someone who grew up in the 80’s, and experienced the war on drugs firsthand in the High Point projects, I find this unfathonable. One $20 crack rock and a gun would have put you in prison for a few years, given you a strike on the three strikes system, and probably set you on a path of figuring out life as a young felon with no help.  Drug crimes by addicts now are one thing, but prior convicts, young enough to be at their most dangerous with a stolen gun and a half chicken of black tar, selling stolen items probably traded for pennies on the dollar should equal some serious time.  

    I am also curious how the amount of heroin needed to feed this city is able to get here after September 11.  From what I know the majority comes from Mexico and Afghanistan.  Price wise, it is nowhere near what cocaine was in the 80’s, hence smaller payout for risk, which must mean not a lot of risk for the cartels or the Afghanis using the money to fund killing.  Something else I have seen first hand.  Leaving compassion for the less fortunate aside, imagine the ripple in the pond a homeless drug addict leaves having to support a habit through petty crime. This poor taxpayers stolen car was probably traded for a few grams of heroin. I imagine the owner is out their deductible, lost time, stress, worry about this happening in the future, uncertainty of their safety, maybe slightly unhappy about having their car trashed by drug addicts.  Now imagine how many times a day this happens and what the real cost is to us.

  • artsea April 14, 2018 (7:44 am)

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe I’ve read that judges don’t exactly determine a convicted person’s sentence.  It’s the state legislature that sets the limits and the judges have to work within that range.  It may be the same with the bail amount.

  • M Daley April 14, 2018 (9:54 am)

    To low of bail plus poir arrest with gun possession and drug related .not a good idea  .seen same pattern of others in a nother state get off and skip trace. Took five long years to go after and aprehend crossing state lines

  • Lola April 14, 2018 (5:32 pm)

    How about a hey for the guy who’s stuff was stolen?  He was the one who found his tires on Offer Up not the police.  They only decided to do the sting after he told them about finding them on the site. 

    • best policy April 14, 2018 (8:15 pm)

      Lola,

      Both UH and the SPDBlotter ask quoted by WSB gave props to the original victim, so I don’t think they went unnoticed.  But yeah, it does put a dent in the straight pro-policing comments that it was so heavily prompted by a deft and pro-active victim.  I hear ya.

    • Uh April 14, 2018 (9:59 pm)

      A dbl hey to victim as not only did he locate the tires, but he was able to provide the unique DOT serial numbers that are stamped into the tires. That’s the only reason (it would seem) that PD would get involved, because otherwise there would be no proof of tire origin..

  • None April 18, 2018 (12:28 am)

    NOTE, for all who wrote reply’s above without even knowing this whole situation!!! Its  People like you who purposely exaggerates situations to become something its not just for the publicity! oh yeah GOOD WORK! 

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