Three squad cars and two sheriff’s SUVs idle outside the house on Lorraine Road and the air carries a palpable tension as deputies, officers and marshals take positions in a perimeter around the prefab house. Moments later, U.S. Marshals, sheriff’s deputies and police officers emerge from the house, escorting a man in handcuffs to a nearby cruiser.
This situation repeated itself several times over Feb. 12, 13 and 14, as more than seven agencies worked together to serve arrest warrants in Clallam and Jefferson counties.
“To have all these people (from various agencies) here is a huge help,” said Sgt. Dave Campbell of the Sequim Police Department.
On Thursday afternoon, one of those task forces picked up two individuals — Anthony Campbell and Bryan Clemons — from a home on Lorraine Drive. Campbell and Clemons were taken into custody without incident.
Campbell’s criminal history dates back over more than eight incidents to 2004, when he and an accomplice stole a rifle, stereo and other valuables from a vehicle on Forest Road 2870 near Slab Camp Road. Clemons has a history of arrests relating to methamphetamine use and theft, most recently from his own mother.
The three-day effort to serve outstanding warrants between Forks and Port Townsend netted more than two dozen arrests in Clallam and Jefferson counties, with several of those arrests in and around Sequim.
The operation involved 30 officers and agents from the Clallam Sheriff’s Office, Port Angeles and Sequim police departments, the Department of Corrections, the Border Patrol, Elwha Police, Neah Bay Public Safety and the National Park Service.
In the course of executing some of the arrests, other crimes were discovered, such as methamphetamine or heroin use at the time of the arrests. Other teams caught larger fish like Adam Lysiak, the Port Townsend man who allegedly stole more than 1,000 pounds of mail. Overall, officers found 1.8 grams of heroin, 1 gram of methamphetamine and 12 Valium pills on suspects.
Clallam Deputy Ron Cameron said that very little resistance was offered by any of the suspects, which he attributes to teams of eight to 10 armed officers.
“I think that because the teams were so large that people just thought ‘Hey I’d better just give up,’” Cameron said.
Cameron added that while the warrants were served for major violent felons and parole or probation violators, there are still more than 1,000 outstanding warrants in the county for crimes ranging from parking violations to robberies.
He says that the operation reflects the county’s unique amount of interagency cooperation and that the agencies plan to work together again in the future.