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Police nab 9 suspects in marijuana operation

A 14-month investigation by members of the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team culminated early Thursday morning with multiple arrests in both Clallam and Jefferson counties.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspects were involved in the cultivation, processing and distribution of marijuana.

The marijuana deliveries occurred in Clallam County over the past several months.

Among the locations where warrants were served was a large shop near Discovery Bay. There, agents found a sophisticated

marijuana growing operation with an estimated 300 plants and some processed marijuana.

The investigation has led to the following arrests, according to the Clallam County Sheriff's Office:

_ Steve L. Fagar, 53, of Sequim: manufacturing of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana;

_ Timothy J. Fagar, 50, of Port Townsend: manufacturing of marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana;

_ Albert D. Sullivan, 44, of Sequim: manufacturing of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and felon in possession of a firearm;

_ Chas T. Sullivan, 21, of Sequim; delivery of marijuana (multiple counts);

_ Jessica L. Bard, 20, of Sequim; delivery of marijuana (multiple counts);

_ Janell L. Snyder, 39, of Sequim; delivery of marijuana (multiple counts); and

_ Angela L. Sullivan, 40, of Sequim; possession of marijuana.

Two other males were taken into custody for possession of marijuana during the execution of the search warrants, law enforcement officials said; details on those arrests are not available at this time.

Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Cameron said the investigation is continuing and he anticipates more arrests.

Reports are referred to prosecutor's offices in Clallam and Jefferson county for review and charging.

On Thursday morning, Sequim Police Sgt. Sean Madison led a group of officers and volunteers in serving a search warrant near the corner of Kendall and Stone roads.

"We're searching for anything on the search warrant," Madison said, explaining that the scope of similar types of search warrants may grow if law enforcement finds illegal contraband or activities while serving the search warrant.

One arrest was made at the residence earlier that morning, Madison said.

Volunteer officers were seen bagging and marking evidence at the scene, including pipes suspected of holding marijuana residue and papers suspected to be financial records.

A number of agencies were involved in the OPNET investigation, including the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Port Angeles Police Department, Sequim Police Department, Port Townsend Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Washington State Patrol SWAT Team and Coast Guard Investigative Service.

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.









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