Port Angeles man arrested on drug charges

Peninsula man arrested on drug charges in Sequim after fleeing police officers in Port Angeles

A Port Angeles man was arrested on several drug charges in Sequim after he reportedly fled police officers in Port Angeles a week earlier.

Clayton A. Folsom, 33, was arrested and booked into the Clallam County Jail for an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant, Possession of Controlled Substances with Intent to Deliver (both meth and heroin), Possession of Controlled Substances with Intent to Deliver within 1000 feet of a school zone (meth and heroin), and Felony Eluding a Police Vehicle.

Drugs seized in a search of a vehicle connected with Folsom is worth about $7,000, law officers said.

According to officers with Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET), Port Angeles police officers acting on a tip attempted to stop Folsom in a sports utility vehicle. When officers signalled with their emergency lights for the vehicle to pull over, Folsom reportedly evaded police, travelling as fast at 80 miles per hour north on Laurel Street.

“Officers determined that the risk to the public was too great to continue the pursuit at that time and discontinued pursuing the suspect,” OPNET members said last week. “A witness identified Folsom as the driver and PAPD issued probable cause for Folsom’s arrest.”

In the afternoon on Sept. 14, a Sequim Police Officer located a parked vehicle Folsom had reportedly been driving in the 300 block of South Fifth Avenue. According to OPNET officers, the officer found the driver’s side door open and Folsom was rummaging within the vehicle. Folsom left the vehicle and went into an apartment. Sequim Police surrounded the apartment complex and Folsom soon surrendered without further incident.

OPNET detectives arrived on scene to assist, and Folsom’s vehicle was searched under Department of Corrections authority for evidence of DOC violations. Officers discovered controlled substances within the vehicle and after a search warrant was obtained, OPNET detectives a bag of about 141.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine (approximate street value $5,600) multiple bags of smaller amounts totaling about 20.7 grams of suspected methamphetamine (approximate street value $800) and 5.8 grams of suspected heroin (approximate street value $580).

Those with information about Folsom’s dealing of controlled substances in the community are asked to call OPNET at 360-565-7350.

OPNET is a multi-agency team enforcing narcotics laws in Clallam County and Jefferson County. Participating agencies include the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Sequim Police Department, Port Angeles Police Department, Washington State Patrol, United States Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations.

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