BPD takes down ‘dangerous drug house’ near Bremerton High School

BREMERTON — An undercover operation led to two drug-related arrests May 5 at a house near Bremerton High School.

One suspect, James Edge, was charged with two counts of delivery of heroin.

The other suspect, an adult female, was jailed but later released, Bremerton Police Lt. Randy Plumb said.

“The Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office will receive and review our case file in the coming days for potential additional charges against either the male or the female or both,” Plumb said.

Police said the arrests were the result of a lengthy investigation by the department Special Operations Group following multiple reports of suspected drug activity in the house on the 1700 block of 14th Street, a few hundred yards from the high school.

Ultimately, a search warrant was conducted.

“After announcing their warrant and asking the occupants to come out, detectives and officers made a forced entry into the house, where they located an adult male and an adult female attempting to climb into the attic,” a police department press release stated.

Both were arrested and jailed, but as of May 9, only Edge had been charged.

Officers searching the house found heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, cash and a .22 caliber handgun on the property, which were all seized by police. No one was injured during the search, the department reported.

“The Special Operations Group is and has been a critical element of crime fighting in the Bremerton area for a long, long time,” Plumb said. “They have been tasked with drug enforcement, specifically targeting those individuals who sell drugs.”

The Special Operations Group, or SOG, also has tackled “other difficult investigations,” Plumb said, including human trafficking, vice and gang-related crimes.

“This group of investigators is essential to the police department and the community because they deal with the really ugly problems in the community and work very well to address the quality-of-life issues in the community, and do an excellent job at it,” Plumb said.

“To handle problems like they do, you really need to be untied from handling 911 calls and the police radio. If it wasn’t for SOG, it would be difficult or impossible for the police department to address the issues that they do.”

Plumb added that the SOG has also participated in recent controlled-substance homicide investigations and have been “exceptionally successful.” Those cases resulted in arrests of individuals who delivered drugs to those who fatally overdosed.

Of the May 5 arrests, Plumb said SOG “successfully and quickly took down a dangerous drug house, near a school. Does it get any better than that?”

— Michelle Beahm is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. She can be reached at mbeahm@soundpublish ing.com.