Monroe Police bust drug, gun operation
MONROE — The Police Department busted a small heroin and guns operation in late August at an Everett storage shed.
Sgt. Ryan Irving leads the
department’s ProAct Team that also has two other officers. They look into and investigate high-profile and organized and re-occurring crime that occurs in
Monroe Police Chief Tim Quenzer briefed the City Council on the event at last week’s council meeting. He said the ProAct Team built the case based on information about a guy said to be selling
heroin and firearms out of his
storage shed in Everett.
Police booked Cody Corp, 30, from Everett in the bust, police department spokeswoman
Debbie Willis said. He’s a
Irving told the Tribune he was “an individual we were familiar with through past crimes in Monroe.”
The ProAct Team has the ability to pursue suspects outside of city limits or jurisdiction based on crimes committed in town.
“We have a nexus, if we have crimes that occur in Monroe, we can pursue a suspect outside of our jurisdiction,” Irving said.
A search warrant was issued for the storage unit and police found 10 rifles, shotguns and handguns as well as 10 grams of heroin.
Police said two of the guns were reported stolen already and the other guns were suspected to be stolen.
Guns seized in the bust.
A search warrant for an impounded vehicle was obtained and by Aug. 30 police found another two stolen handguns inside along with “numerous firearms-related items,” Quenzer’s report to City Council stated.
Drug paraphernalia used with methamphetamine was also found in the vehicle.
Police later discovered that seven of the 12 confiscated guns were stolen.
The ProAct Team is about tackling organized and nuisance crime in town.
“It says it in the name, we’re there to proactively go after the prolific crime that occurs in Monroe,” Irving said last
week. “We’re not waiting for crimes to occur, we’re proactively going after people in organized crime, such as with organized theft rings and nuisance properties, both of which are more often
affiliated with drugs.”
Irving said the team has worked to bust retail theft rings, in which a group of people target retail stores in town, go in and steal a large amount of property, and then sell it for drug money or
trade it for drugs.
The team is also responsible for combating known drug or nuisance properties in the city.
About a year ago, the team with the assistance of the North Sound Metro SWAT team raided a known drug house in Monroe after building the case based on tips about a drug house on Lewis Street. The raid resulted
in the discovery of meth, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Five of the 17 people found inside were arrested and booked.
“We’ve had some significant cases and successes and we serve multiple warrants on nuisance properties,” Irving said.
The ProAct Team was
formed in 2011.
“The ProAct team is active in a regional Organized Retail Theft group that meets monthly in Monroe. They can often identify retail theft suspects from the pictures that retailers are bringing to the meeting,” Willis wrote in an email.
If you represent a retailer
and want more information about the retail meetings, call the Police Department at 360-794-6300.
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