OPNET investigation nets two arrests

An investigation by Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET) and other law enforcement partners led to the arrest of two Sequim residents last week on charges involving guns and drugs.

The case began when a Clallam County deputy received information that Christopher M. Mahlum, 37, of Sequim, possessed methamphetamine and was selling it, according to OPNET officials. Further information indicated Mahlum was in possession of multiple firearms.

OPNET detectives found that Mahlum was prohibited by court order from possessing firearms and other dangerous weapons.

Law enforcement officials served a search warrant at a home in the 900 block of Madrona Way in the Diamond Point area at about 1:45 p.m. on Aug. 12. There, law enforcement officials detained Amanda M. Register, 36, of Sequim, who was found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine.

During the search, Mahlum arrived home and was taken into custody without incident.

A search of the residence and Mahlum’s vehicle recovered approximately 22.5 grams of methamphetamine (approximate street value of $900), multiple Hydrocodone pills, two rifles, three shotguns, A pistol, ammunition, two hunting bows and three swords, according to law enforcement officials.

Mahlum was booked into the Clallam County Jail for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, possession of hydrocodone, six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm-second degree.

The charge of violation of a court order will also be referred to the Prosecutor’s Office for review, OPNET officials said.

Because of jail booking restrictions, Register was released at the scene but the charge of possession of methamphetamine will be referred to the prosecutor for charging, OPNET officials said.

Detectives and officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Port Townsend Police Department and Jamestown S’Klallam Public Safety assisted with the arrests

OPNET is a multi-agency team enforcing narcotics laws in Clallam and Jefferson counties.