Law enforcement agencies across the country handle a variety of drug-related cases every day. In Washington, both city and county agencies handle these cases, prosecuting those who are caught manufacturing, distributing or using drugs. Very often drug use leads to other criminal behaviors that law enforcement must then address.
That was apparently the case in a recent incident in Spokane involving a 40-year-old man who was allegedly under the influence. According to Spokane police, the man asked a woman who was outside her apartment smoking if he could use her phone. She consented and allowed the suspect to use the phone inside her apartment. While inside, the suspect allegedly became aggressive and began to masturbate underneath his clothes in front of the woman. The woman's boyfriend heard what was going on and got the suspect out of the apartment. The suspect, who appeared to be high on drugs, then allegedly threatened the couple.
When Spokane police officers arrived at the scene, the suspect was continuing to masturbate under his clothes while pantomiming holding a gun. After a brief standoff, the man was arrested and charged with harassment and making threats to kill, residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance.
Many drug possession charges are misdemeanors if the amount seized is relatively small and not likely to be sold or otherwise distributed. A misdemeanor charge is less serious than a felony drug charge such as drug manufacturing or trafficking. However,, anyone facing a drug charge will likely want to learn more about their criminal defense options in order to attempt to avoid a conviction and the resultant consequences.
Source: Spokesman.com, "Request to use phone turns bizarre for Spokane couple," May 8, 2014