Parents complained for a year before Ballard drug dealer was arrested

by: David Ham Updated:

SEATTLE —

Court documents show that parents at Whitman Middle School in Ballard complained for about a year before Seattle police arrested Antonio Castillo last month.

Seattle police said he sold pot to 12 and 13 year olds from the school.

"I think it's a dreadful situation that we cannot go and find someone that is selling drugs and stop them in a in a day? Why not a day? Why a year?" said Mary Anne Moorman who was picking up her niece from the school.

When Seattle police arrested Castillo they found 1200 grams of marijuana, 99 joints and 8 trays of pot brownies in his house.  

After his arrest, he was released as charges are pending.   When we went to his house to ask him about the charges, he went on an expletive laced rant.  

We asked Seattle police what took so long to make the arrest.  

"Detectives actually have to go out they have to do surveillance they have to maybe even do some controlled buys in order to put the case together and those types of things take time," said Renee Witt with the Seattle Police Department.  

Officers say they are keeping a close watch on Castillo to make sure he doesn't sell more drugs to kids.