Deputies find cocaine during car search

by Sequim Gazette staff

A Port Angeles man is in jail after deputies found 20 grams of cocaine and a loaded shotgun where he was sitting in a car.


At 2:03 a.m. Friday, deputies responded to the area of Beech Street in Port Angeles after someone reported they were threatened by a man with a shotgun.


The suspect had left and was reportedly walking around the neighborhood armed with a shotgun, Chief Deputy Ron Cameron said in a news release.


Deputy Mel Kempf observed a car arriving and leaving the area of the call in a short timeframe, Cameron said.


He and Sgt. John Hollis caught up with the vehicle near the 1300 block of Front Street and, with the help of the Port Angeles Police Department, conducted a high risk stop on the car, Cameron said.


The driver and passenger of the car told deputies they had just picked up Zachariah F. Blaylock, 26, of Port Angeles, near Beech Street. Blaylock reportedly got into the car with what they thought was a

gun while telling the driver, “don’t stop for the police.”


The driver and owner of the car allowed deputies to search the car and they found a loaded, short barrel 12 gauge shotgun, 20 grams of suspect cocaine, an electronic scale and seven more shotgun cartridges where Blaylock was seated in the car.


Blaylock, a convicted felon, was later arrested and booked into the Clallam County jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.



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