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2 taken into custody for allegedly distributing meth

Two Washington residents, a 29-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were taken into police custody on Feb. 23 after they were charged with involvement in a methamphetamine distribution ring. A third person, a 47-year-old woman, was also thought to be involved but police had not taken her into custody at the time the report was released.

Police and federal authorities, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, had reportedly been investigating the three individuals since February 2012. It was stated that each individual sold methamphetamine to an undercover officer at least once. Additionally, the man was allegedly observed meeting with other individuals who were known to be narcotics dealers.

The authorities stated that the two individuals allegedly became involved in a high speed chase with police that began when an officer pulled their vehicle over on state Highway 104. The male driver initially stopped but allegedly sped away when the officer approached. Their vehicle reportedly hit two sets of spike strips before stopping. Authorities claim that the pair attempted to get rid of approximately 1.6 pounds of meth by tossing it out the window during the chase. Ultimately, both are facing charges for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine and maintaining drug-involved premises.

Those who are facing drug charges need a strong criminal defense. An attorney with experience in these matters may be able to help by challenging the evidence supporting the charges. For example, the authorities must handle evidence according to established procedures. Failure to do so may contaminate the evidence, making it inadmissable.

Source: Peninsula Daily News, "Sequim residents in custody on meth charges after chase; authorities seek Port Angeles woman", Arwyn Rice , February 25, 2014

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