Peninsula narcotics enforcement team seeking three in stolen-property case

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PORT ANGELES — The Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team is seeking three people who authorities believe are tied to a recent discovery of stolen property southeast of Sequim.

OPNET and a State Patrol SWAT team executed a search warrant on an undeveloped lot on the 300 block of Marshall Road on Thursday as part of a methamphetamine distribution case.

During the search, OPNET recovered handguns, shotguns and old military-style carbines along with property that had been reported as stolen, OPNET Supervisor Jason Viada said.

Authorities are seeking Kenneth Simmons, 49, and Sean E. White, 44, both of whom have arrest warrants in unrelated cases, along with Christina Messenger, 52, for questioning.

White is not a suspect in the drug case, Viada said.

Anyone who sees Simmons, White or Messenger is asked to phone 9-1-1 and provide information to police dispatch.

Stolen property

The stolen property included a $30,000 bulldozer reported as stolen from the Port Townsend area, an excavator from Thurston County, an off-road vehicle from Clallam County, a motorcycle from Port Angeles and a boat motor reported as stolen from Port Townsend, Viada said.

OPNET also discovered a car reported as stolen from Mason County. The car was not recovered due to the location and condition of the vehicle, Viada said.

Meanwhile, OPNET announced that Jose D. Barrera of Port Angeles was sentenced to 31 months in state prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The 27-year-old Port Angeles man was arrested by city police, the U.S. Border Patrol and OPNET on July 11. He had a California warrant stemming from a prior conviction for possession and purchase for sale of narcotics and other controlled substances, Viada said.

Investigators developed probable cause to believe that Barrera was a convicted felon in possession of two firearms.

One count of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

Barrera is being held at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

Other cases

In other OPNET cases:

■ John D. Davis of Sequim was arrested Sept. 16 at his residence on the 300 block of River Road in Sequim for failure to comply with a court order connected to a recent OPNET case.

When OPNET arrived, Davis ran into the house and hid in the attic, Viada said.

“He was located, arrested and incarcerated shortly thereafter,” Viada said.

The 51-year-old was sentenced to two years’ probation Aug. 21 after pleading guilty to two counts of delivery of methamphetamine.

OPNET officials said Davis sold meth on four occasions in October 2012.

Two of the charges were dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea.

Davis was being held Saturday in the Clallam County jail on $10,000 bail.

■ Terri L. Turner of Port Townsend was charged in Jefferson County Superior Court on Sept. 18 with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

Turner, 55, was arrested Sept. 17 in Port Townsend after OPNET developed probable cause that she sold methamphetamine on at least three separate days in February and March, Viada said.

■ Travis D. Chapman, 40, pleaded guilty Tuesday to delivery of a controlled substance and bail jumping.

OPNET developed probable cause to believe that the Sequim man sold about 2 ounces of methamphetamine between April 2010 and June 2010.

While Chapman’s case was working its way through Clallam County Superior Court, Chapman failed to appear for a hearing, which resulted in the bail-jumping charge, Viada said.

Last modified: September 28. 2013 5:22PM
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