The Port Orchard Police Department was one of five law enforcement agencies involved in a series of arrests stemming from a suspected drug trafficking operation in Kitsap County. (File photo)

The Port Orchard Police Department was one of five law enforcement agencies involved in a series of arrests stemming from a suspected drug trafficking operation in Kitsap County. (File photo)

Area law enforcement makes arrests in suspected drug ring

A suspect is arrested at the Port Orchard waterfront carrying a bagful of meth.

PORT ORCHARD — A man from Stockton, California, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 22, by area law enforcement agencies at the waterfront in Port Orchard for possession with intent to deliver at least $100,000 in methamphetamine and other controlled substances.

The 28-year-old suspect was arrested in the 100 block of Harrison Avenue by detectives from the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET), with assistance by the Port Orchard Police Department and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). The man was arrested with more than five and one-half pounds of suspected methamphetamine in a bag he was carrying, according to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office report.

The suspect was booked into Kitsap County Jail after the arrest.

The suspected methamphetamine has a wholesale value of more than $15,000, the law enforcement report estimated. Methamphetamine sold in gram quantities on the streets in Kitsap and Mason counties would have a street value of well over $90,000, according to the report. Detectives from the combined law-enforcement team said they anticipate additional arrests as the investigation proceeds.

On Aug. 21, the day before the arrest, WestNET detectives, along with deputies from the sheriff’s office, NCIS, Bremerton Police Department and the state Department of Corrections, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of NE Barnett Street in East Bremerton.

Detectives said that during the search of the residence, several pill presses were found, including more than $7,000 in cash, pill dyes, binding agents and various controlled substances, including Adderall, Xanax, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

At the residence, a 28-year-old man was arrested for possession with intent to deliver controlled substances. A 27-year-old woman was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant, and a 63-year-old man was arrested for using a building for narcotics purposes, manufacture of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances.

An investigation is being conducted following leads related to other suspects involved in the large-scale, drug distribution network. Detectives said additional arrests and charges are expected.

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