FOLLOWUP: Bail set at $50,000 for High Point drug suspect

(Reader photo from early Thursday)

One day after Seattle Police announced the arrest of a 47-year-old man during a search-warrant operation that netted heroin, meth, and fentanyl, a judge set bail for the suspect at $50,000. He remains in jail at last check. According to probable-cause documents for his hearing, The documents say a two-month Major Crimes Task Force investigation preceded the arrest. The suspect is alleged to have been dealing drugs from the Stewart Manor building at 6339 34th SW (though the police report lists him with an address in Snoqualmie). Detectives say they also observed him selling drugs from his 1984 Ford Ranger, and say he also owns a 1996 Honda Accord. They got a search warrant and brought along SWAT to serve it at 5:30 am Thursday. They didn’t find anyone in the apartment for which they had a search warrant, but found suspected heroin and fentanyl as well as paraphernalia, baggies, and scales. While the search continued, they learned the suspect was seen parking his Accord nearby, and police were able to arrest him. Inside his car, they found a “purple Crown Royal bag” that the probable-cause document says contained “a large tennis ball size ball of suspected heroin, a plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance (suspected methamphetamine), multiple empty plastic baggies (commonly used to store and sell narcotics), scale, marijuana, and multiple hypodermic needles.” The report says the suspect later told police “he sometimes purchases and sells narcotics for his friends but that he doesn’t do it to make money.” Later testing indicated the items found tested positive for the suspected substances. The narrative concludes by describing the suspect as “a 7-time convicted felon with three convictions for VUCSA” (Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act). He is scheduled to return to court on Monday.

12 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Bail set at $50,000 for High Point drug suspect"

  • West Seattlite September 21, 2019 (12:59 am)

    Out of curiosity, is there a reason the suspect’s name isn’t listed?

    • WSB September 21, 2019 (7:01 am)

      He is not yet charged.

  • Coffeedude September 21, 2019 (1:51 pm)

    I would think that his bail would be higher.

  • Ex-Westwood Resident September 21, 2019 (3:00 pm)

    How can bail be set if no charges have been filed?Doesn’t the Judge need to know what charges he is setting bail for?

    • WSB September 21, 2019 (3:06 pm)

      Bail is set based on probable cause. Process:
      -Person is arrested
      -Booked into jail
      -Bail hearing day after arrest; judge presented with preliminary info (police report etc.) to determine whether there’s “probable cause” to keep holding the person
      -Next hearing within 72 hours; if no charges filed, person released, though charges still might be filed later (days, weeks, months). Sometimes when charged, bail change is requested by one side or the other

  • KC September 21, 2019 (3:53 pm)

    7 time convicted felon My math says that is 3 strikes your gone times 2.  Oh wait 3 strikes does not apply??  It should!!  His actions could take another life?? And then we wonder why?? Lock him up and ditch the key!!

    • WSB September 21, 2019 (4:10 pm)

      “3 strikes” applies to a fairly small number of crimes, not the kinds in this guy’s record. If it meant “three felonies” you’d need thousands more prison cells.

      • Revolving Door September 21, 2019 (7:25 pm)

        It should! Build more prisons.

        • WSB September 21, 2019 (7:33 pm)

          Tell your legislators if you want longer sentences and more prisons – it’s a state thing.
          34th District House Reps. Eileen Cody & Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th District Sen. Joe Nguyen.

          • Revolving Door September 21, 2019 (8:18 pm)

            I already have, and they already know what they need to do.

      • Steve September 21, 2019 (9:27 pm)

        most citizens agree all public safety should be fully funded, no one wants their taxes to double.

  • K.c September 21, 2019 (6:15 pm)

    Build them and lock him up and the drugs he rode in onsociety has no place for this individual 

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