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Sequim teen admits guilt

Jonathan Dylan Tyler Black pleaded guilty March 12 to possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a pistol while being between the ages of 18 and 21.

Black, 18, signed the plea, stating he knowingly possessed each of the illegal items. Black’s case requires a visiting judge to come from outside the county to impose a sentence June 20.

On Jan. 9, an officer saw the vehicle that Black was known to drive and called in a marked police vehicle to perform an arrest, as Black had warrants out for his arrest for unrelated offenses. An Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team dispatcher notified the Sequim department that Black likely had two firearms in his vehicle.

Officers initiated the traffic stop on the 600 block of West Washington Street. The stop was considered high-risk due to the possible presence of guns, which is why several units responded to the arrest.

Black was taken into custody without incident. A 16-year-old female passenger was detained until the vehicle search was completed. Officers obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and reportedly found 11 clear sandwich bags containing suspected marijuana, later determined to be marijuana by chemical testing. The bags all were rolled in the same manner and appeared to contain about the same amount of the drug. Next to the marijuana was a digital scale.

Officers also allegedly found a glass smoking device containing burnt residue that smelled like burnt marijuana and a clear glass pipe with white residue in it, later determined to be methamphetamine. Officers reportedly saw a black bandana in the glove box, which allegedly contained an unloaded .22 caliber Phoenix Arms semi-automatic pistol. Eight .22 caliber bullets allegedly were found in the ashtray of the vehicle.

In the trunk of the car, officers reportedly found a 12 gauge Remington 870 shotgun and multiple shotgun shells and .22 caliber rounds. Black said the marijuana in the car was his and that he had weighed it out and packaged it, according to court documents.

Black allegedly said he didn’t own the pistol and he got the shotgun in trade from a friend. He said the methamphetamine pipe was not his.

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