Three Sequim people face criminal charges related to drugs following a June 25 bust near Greywolf Elementary School.
Law enforcement arrested Klell “Casey” Morgan, 65; Gary Otis Starks Jr., 53; and Janice Levone Marienau, 58; for their connection with the possession or sale of illegal drugs. James Richard Kennedy, 53, also was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor driving offense.
Officers from the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Sequim Police Department, Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Coast Guard Investigative Service served a search warrant at 11 Smithfield Drive, which is rented by Morgan.
Detective Brian Knutson with the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office reports investigators received the warrant after an informant was able to purchase methamphetamine from two persons at the house on April 16 and liquefied heroin from a third person on April 17.
Morgan was present and asked the informant to buy $40 of heroin for him which was recorded, Knutson reports.
Morgan was arrested for alleged unlawful use of a building for drug purposes and faces up to five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine. When Morgan was arrested, law enforcement found heroin in his possession and he faces Class C felony charges.
Morgan told Knutson he knows people that come in and out of his house are drug users and that on occasion he purchases heroin from persons at his house.
Law enforcement found heroin in Morgan’s bedroom and about 2.5 grams of meth in Starks’ and Marienau’s bedroom.
Knutson reports Morgan said he uses about 0.1 grams of heroin every other day because “Satan” is after him.
Nearby firefighters told Knutson, he reports, that they responded to drug overdoses and/or infections from intravenous drug use at Morgan’s residence.
Since Jan. 1, law enforcement responded to the residence at least 50 times for multiple events from warrant arrests to domestic violence to property crime investigations to stolen vehicle reports.
Brian King, chief criminal deputy of the sheriff’s office, said many people living there led a transient lifestyle and the living arrangements almost changed daily.
At their arrest, both Starks and Marienau allegedly were in possession of meth, a Class C felony, the Sheriff’s Office reports.
The couple face charges of possession of a controlled substance other than marijuana and five years in jail and/or a fine no more than $10,000.
Marienau, a dog groomer, told Knutson she had been living at the house two weeks with Starks and that she didn’t pay rent and wasn’t sure if Starks did.
All four subjects were booked into the Clallam County Corrections Facility but have since been released.
Morgan, Marienau and Starks’ arraignment hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 10.
Starks recently pleaded guilty for trafficking stolen property in the second degree and criminal trespass in the second degree for reselling stolen video games to local stores. He was supposed to serve 240 days of community service but he failed to enroll in the compliance monitoring program on May 11.