Bremerton man arrested for allegedly possessing firearm, drugs

BPD: Maurice D. Wandix had a DOC warrant for his arrest after escaping community custody in Olympia

A 36-year-old man who had a felony warrant was arrested Tuesday after allegedly possessing a revolver, along with 5.7 grams of methamphetamine and two grams of heroin.

According to a Bremerton police certificate of probable cause, Maurice D. Wandix was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police in the 1700 block of Anderson Street. Once a BPD officer recognized Wandix, he was detained as he had a Department of Corrections warrant for escaping community custody, issued by DOC — Olympia. The original charge from the DOC violation was possession of controlled substances, documents read.

Police allegedly removed a small lockbox from where Wandix was seated. An officer informed another officer that Wandix was a “prolific drug dealer” in the Bremerton area and has been for quite a while. After police ran a criminal history check on Wandix, it was discovered that he had been convicted of felony drug offenses five times in Washington state between 2009 and 2016.

After BPD officers obtained a search warrant to open the lockbox, many items were discovered including 5.7 grams of methamphetamine, two grams of heroin, a container with eight peach-colored pills with “176” carved into one side, a digital scale, a smoking device, a scalpel, a small silver “cooker” with residue, and a six-shot revolver with the serial number shaved off, among other miscellaneous items.

Due to Wandix being a convicted felon, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm, according to documents. He was booked into Kitsap County Jail for his felony warrant, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of methamphetamine and heroin.