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Meth distribution center broken up
Sequim Gazette staff
Three Clallam County residents are in federal custody after federal and local law enforcement agencies broke up an alleged methamphetamine distribution center on Feb. 23.
Sequim’s Timothy Smith and his alleged co-conspirators Kelsey Davis, of Sequim, and Tammy Coburn, of Port Angeles, are charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine and maintaining drug involved premises.
Federal officers worked with the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies to shut down alleged meth dealing. Smith and his cohorts have been under investigation since February 2012 and on multiple occasions the trio sold methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement. He also sold methamphetamine on multiple occasions in the summer of 2013 at his “Sellin’ Style” car dealership on Old Blyn Highway.
Smith and Davis were arrested on Feb. 23 after being stopped by a Washington State Patrol trooper over the Hood Canal bridge. Smith sped off at speeds nearing 100 mph while weaving in and out of traffic. He also threw a suspected bag of 1.6 pounds of methamphetamine out his window before he hit spike strips.
Coburn was at large before turning herself in on Feb. 26.
The arrests ran in conjunction with a larger investigation of a drug trafficking ring of heroin and meth in Pierce County where 13 others were arrested and face a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted.
The investigation uncovered a conversion lab in Spanaway where liquid meth was processed into highly addictive crystal methamphetamine.
Smith, Davis and Coburn are being held in SeaTac. Davis had her preliminary hearing on Monday, March 10, where the judge found probable cause to move forward.
Their future court dates are to be determined.
The Sequim case was investigated by the FBI, ATF, DEA and Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Task Force (OPNET) with officers from Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Port Angeles Police Department, Sequim Police Department, Neah Bay Department of Public Safety, Elwha Klallam Police, LaPush Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol, the Washington Department of Corrections, Washington State Patrol and the West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNet) which has officers from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and Poulsbo Police Department.