Sequim man sentenced for dealing meth

John Dale Davis, 51, of Sequim, was sentenced on March 12 to serve 12 months in state prison.

Davis previously pled guilty to two counts of delivering methamphetamine to Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET) and was given 24 months probation under the Drug Offender Sentencing Act.

Davis did not comply with the conditions of his probation, however, so he was sentenced to prison.

Smith sentenced to prison

Preston J. Smith, age 42, of Clallam County was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine and 22 months in prison for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

The sentences were results of an agreement signed by Smith in Clallam County Superior Court on Jan. 29.

An additional methamphetamine charge from a 2010 OPNET case was dismissed as part of the agreement with Smith.

During the 2010 case, OPNET and the Washington State Patrol apprehended Smith after a brief pursuit. Smith was arrested that day for five arrest warrants.

OPNET then executed a search warrant at Smith’s home. In the most recent case a Clallam County Sheriff’s ceputy attempted to stop a car driven by Smith in the Agnew area.

Smith was arrested after a brief vehicle pursuit and methamphetamine was recovered from Smith’s wallet and from the road where Smith threw it during the pursuit.

Smith’s previous criminal history includes 11 convictions across Clallam, Jefferson, Pierce and King counties for crimes including controlled substances, bail jumping, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, theft and burglary.

Batton charged in OPNET heroin case

Derek A. Batton, 30, of Sequim, was arrested by a Clallam County Sheriff’s deputy and booked in to the jail on April 4. Batton was then charged on April 7 in Clallam County Superior Court with three counts of delivery of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop.

The charges are the results of an OPNET investigation during which team members developed probable cause to believe that Batton delivered heroin to OPNET on three separate occasions in January 2013.

At the time of his arrest in Clallam County there also was a warrant for Batton’s arrest out of King County.

Melcer, McDaniel arrested      in heroin case

Katherine M. Melcer, 33, and Travis McDaniel, 35, both of Carlsborg, were arrested on April 9 during a traffic stop in Jefferson County.

Both were wanted on multiple arrest warrants out of Clallam County.

During the past several months both the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau and OPNET have been investigating heroin sales in the Carlsborg area. During the investigation, law enforcement developed probable cause to believe that Melcer and McDaniel delivered heroin to bureau members on five separate occasions, and OPNET developed probable cause to believe that Melcer delivered heroin to team members.

On the morning of April 9, investigators from U.S. Border Patrol, Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and Criminal Investigation Bureau and OPNET executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of East Runnion Road, and information was distributed to area law enforcement regarding the heroin case.

That same evening a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy located and apprehended Melcer and McDaniel.

“This case is of great concern for law enforcement because the heroin sales were occurring so close to Greywolf Elementary school,” narcotics team supervisor Jason Viada said in a statement.

Erwick sentenced

Rebecca J. Erwick, 21, of Port Angeles, was sentenced to 24 months probation on April 2 in Clallam County Superior Court.

Erwick was sentenced after pleading guilty to delivering heroin to OPNET in Port Angeles on Dec. 9, 2013.

During the investigation, Erwick and Devin L. Terry, 23, also of Port Angeles, were arrested by OPNET after OPNET developed probable cause to believe that Terry delivered heroin to OPNET on three separate days in December 2013. OPNET also developed probable cause to believe that Erwick was Terry’s accomplice during one of the deliveries.


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