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Police seize meth, arrest fugitive after Yelm standoff

YELM, Wash. — A man who was a fugitive is back in jail after being flushed out of a home during a standoff.

Authorities from Yelm, Thurston County, State Patrol and other agencies were serving search and arrest warrants at a home in the 9300 block of Prairie Wind Street Southeast in Yelm Thursday when the wanted man refused to come out.

During the initial service of the search warrant for narcotics violations, a woman and child came out of the home without incident, but the wanted man, Zachary A. Altona, refused and barricaded himself somewhere on the second floor.

After the Thurston County SWAT team was called in and tear gas was pumped into the attic, Altona came out, and after a brief struggle, was taken into custody.

Altona had multiple felony fugitive arrest warrants for assault, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and first-degree unlawful possession of firearms.

Detectives from the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force searched the home and seized about 3 ½ pounds of methamphetamine, packaging material and scales. Also found near the attic entrance was a loaded Colt .45 pistol and about $2,000 cash.

The estimated street value of the drugs seized is $63,500.

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