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OPNET arrests 7 in drug investigation
Officers with the Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested seven people following an investigation of unlawful sale and distribution of prescription medications.
During the spring 2012 investigation, OPNET purchased controlled substances, including prescription narcotic painkiller Oxycodone, from several people in Clallam County, Narcotics Team Supervisor Jason Viada said in a news release.
The arrests are the results of probable cause developed during that investigation and each case was reviewed by the Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office prior to any of the arrests, he said. Each search warrant was reviewed by a Superior Court judge prior to the any of the searches.
Arrested for investigation in the case are the following:
Cheryl Possinger, 53, of Port Angeles, arrested by OPNET on June 8 when a search warrant was served on her vehicle.
Dalassa Lundgren, 41, of Port Angeles, arrested during the service of a search warrant in the 2200 block of West 18th Street.
Trina Mills, 53, of Port Angeles, arrested during the service of a search warrant in the 900 block of West Lauridsen Boulevard.
William Purkey, 28, and Kayla Howell, 20, both of Port Angeles, arrested during the service of a search warrant in the 500 block of Kemp Street.
Paul Warrick, 56, of Sequim, arrested during the service of a search warrant in the 300 block of East Cedar Street.
Jason Hartlein, 34, of Sequim, arrested during the service of a search warrant in the 300 block of East Cedar Street.
Viada said Purkey was selected by OPNET in part because of his extensive criminal history which includes a conviction for robbery.
OPNET selected Hartlein, a registered sex offender, for investigation due in part to his extensive criminal history, which includes several felony convictions such as residential burglary and failure to register as a sex offender.
All seven suspects were booked into the Clallam County jail and formal charges are anticipated this week. All cases will be referred to the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review and charging decisions.
“Washington State Law makes little distinction between the unlawful sale of Oxycodone and the sale of methamphetamine,” Viada said.