Sequim police officers look at a suitcase full of processed marijuana during a drug investigation May 24. Photo courtesy of the Sequim Police Department.
A Sequim man was arrested May 25 on multiple drug suspicions after turning himself in to police following a May 24 investigation.
Police responded to the 100 block of East Prairie Street to assist a Sequim code compliance officer with illegal parking issues when an officer smelled what he believed was marijuana coming from the home, Officer Maris Turner said in a news release.
Officer Paul Dailidenas applied for and received a search warrant, which led to the discovery of 15-20 pounds of processed marijuana, LSD, and 44 drying and growing marijuana plants, she said.
“In the city of Sequim, this is a very rare occurrence, one of the largest (we’ve had),” Turner said.
Several medical marijuana certificates were found in the name of Eric Papineau, the resident, and several other names, she said.
Turner said while city police officers aren’t seeing a significant rise or decline in marijuana usage, they are seeing many more medical marijuana certificates.
Papineau wasn’t home at the time of the search, she said.
Officers determined there were several violations of Washington’s medial marijuana laws regulating the number of people someone can grow for and the amount of marijuana that may be possessed by an individual, she said.
During the investigation, officers learned Sequim City Attorney Craig Ritchie was contacted recently by Papineau, who inquired about a business license for a medical marijuana dispensary, she said. Ritchie told Papineau that dispensaries are not legal in Washington, she said.
On May 25, Papineau turned himself in to Sequim police with his attorney present. He was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing marijuana, possessing more than 40 grams of marijuana, intent to deliver marijuana and possession of a hallucinogen.
Turner said the marijuana was taken into evidence at the police station where it will be held until trial. After the trial is concluded, including all appeals, the marijuana will be taken to Spokane and disposed of in an incinerator, she said.
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