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Category: Drugs

July
12th

UPDATED: Suspect who tried to run down deputy in Gig Harbor arrested in Tacoma

UPDATE as of 11:47 a.m.: One of the bullets fired by a deputy at the suspect stuck in his sweatshirt, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

No one was injured in the incident.

UPDATE as of 11:11 a.m.: The suspect jumped from his truck at South 54th and South M streets in Tacoma, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was arrested at South 54th Street and South Sheridan Avenue.

INITIAL POST: A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy shot at a man suspected of trying to run the deputy over this morning as he fled a house with a possible marijuana grow,

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June
14th

Warrant issued for Puyallup man charged with making meth, explosives

A warrant has been issued for a Puyallup man charged with making explosives and methamphetamine after he failed to appear in court.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Roger Elson, 54, with unlawful manufacturing of explosives, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

He pleaded not guilty in December 2012 and was released on $100,000 bail. The warrant was issued May 30.

Sheriff’s deputies served a warrant at his home in December and found items used to make explosives and meth. They also found 4 grams of meth hidden under the mattress

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June
5th

Police: Homeland Security agent hit by car, shoots suspect in Lakewood narcotics investigation

UPDATE: The Homeland Security agent struck in the leg by a fleeing suspect has been released from the hospital, an agency spokesman said.

The agent has not been identified.

INITIAL POST:A Homeland Security Investigations special agent was hit in the leg by a vehicle and shot the driver who was trying to flee officials during a multi-agency narcotics investigation Wednesday night in Lakewood, according to police.

The Drug Enforcement Agency was leading the narcotics investigation, which involved Lakewood police and other agencies.

A suspect vehicle was stopped about 8 p.m. at 108th Street Southwest and 47th Avenue Southwest.

The driver

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June
4th

Tacoma man sentenced to 20 years in prison for drug, weapons violations

A Tacoma man was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison for various drug and weapons charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Titus Peterson, 34, was convicted in October of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, four counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm and witness tampering.

During the sentencing, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle told Peterson, “The court has no confidence… that you’re at a point mentally to make a change in your life.”

Peterson was first arrested

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May
30th

Puyallup police: Fire at McDonalds started by man high on meth

A 47-year-old man high on meth started a small fire in a downtown McDonalds restaurant early this morning, according to Puyallup police.

Employees at the fast food restaurant called 911 about 12:20 a.m. to report a man had come inside and touched two wires together, causing sparks that ignited.

When officers arrived, they found the man hiding in a cooler at a nearby convenience store.

He was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of arson, malicious mischief and criminal trespassing.

May
28th

Fife police arrest man accused of plowing down telephone pole while under the influence

The 48-year-old man had heroin in his pocket, meth and other peoples’ credit cards in his glovebox and a suspended license when Fife police stopped him, according to court documents.

Officers might not have noticed any of that if he hadn’t been accused of running into a telephone pole with his car, knocking it over.

He pleaded not guilty to various charges in court Tuesday.

According to court records:

The man was under the influence of alcohol when he drove a truck into the utility pole Friday. Witnesses said the truck went into the oncoming lane and crashed into the

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May
16th

Lakewood man whose roommate was shot to death convicted Thursday of federal drug charges

A Lakewood man who came to the attention of authorities after his roommate was shot and killed faces a minimum 15 years in prison after being convicted Thursday of federal drug crimes.

A jury deliberated for about five hours following a three-day trial before finding Juan Hidalgo-Mendoza guilty of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Hidalgo-Mendoza, 33, was arrested in November 2012 after detectives investigating the shooting death of Jaime Diaz-Solis found heroin and an AK-47

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April
30th

Cache of drugs and guns found after 5 arrested in federal drug investigation

A federal investigation that ended last week netted five arrests and a cache of drugs and guns at houses in Tacoma and Spanaway.

Details on what started the investigation were not immediately available but the Drug Enforcement Administration sent an informant April 23 to buy $1,500 worth of heroin (five ounces) from a man in the bathroom of a Tacoma restaurant.

After the drug deal, agents served search warrants at two houses in Tacoma and one in Spanaway.

They found nearly four pounds of heroin, more than four pounds of methamphetamine, a half pound of cocaine buried in a backyard,

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