SEATTLE - A violent convict will soon face federal gun charges after he was arrested in the Rainier Valley during a drug investigation this week, the Seattle Police Department said Friday.
SWAT and narcotics detectives arrested the 46-year-old man Tuesday outside a store near his home in South Seattle and found a loaded handgun in his car, police said. A search of the suspect’s home later on turned up 1.3 kilograms of heroin, a half kilogram of methamphetamine, methadone pills, a pistol and an assault rifle.
“This guy sold to so many people,” narcotics Det. Mike Kebba said.
Kebba said detectives are seeing more heroin and meth on Seattle streets because supplies of other drugs are low.
“Right now, there seems to be a cocaine drought in the city,” he said. “The price has gone up and people are turning to other drugs.
“We’re seeing some tragic overdoses,” he added.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will file charges against the 46-year-old suspect, per a partnership with Seattle police, according to the department’s SPD Blotter blog. From the blog:
Earlier this month, SPD partnered with the US Attorney’s office to more aggressively prosecute gun crimes in federal court, which can lead to much stiffer sentences for violent criminals caught with weapons.