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Traffic Stops Lead To Drug Arrests In A Series Of Weekend Incidents

A string of weekend arrests around the Spokane Valley landed eight people in jail on drug charges.

Sheriff’s deputies found small quantities of methamphetamine or heroin in each case, said deputy David Reagan. Scales, syringes and glass tubes used for inhaling powders also were recovered during some of the arrests, Reagan said.

The incidents are not related, he said.

Arrested were: Truk V. Carey, 23, 12115 E. Portland; Eli Stover, 24, 2918 S. Riverton; Curtis D. Lien, 27, of Spokane; Kimberly M. Simpson, 32, of Spokane; Pamela D. Howard, 31, 8921 E. Alki; Donald C. Roberts, 42, of Spokane; Maria L. Fuentes, 32, of Spokane; and a 17-year-old boy.

Deputies stopped Carey near Fancher Road and Sharp Avenue about 1 a.m. Sunday because the car he was driving had expired license plates, Reagan said.

Stover, a passenger in the car, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for possessing a legend drug. Deputies found a set of scales and what they suspected to be methamphetamine underneath Carey’s seat, Reagan said.

Carey was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Corrections officers found two more bags of suspected methamphetamine in Carey’s clothes, Reagan said.

The 17-year-old boy was arrested Sunday night for possession of a controlled substance. Deputies said they found suspected marijuana and three plastic bags of methamphetamine next to the teen’s wallet while questioning a carload of people about a prowling incident in the 12200 block of east 22nd Avenue.

Early Monday, deputies arrested Lien after stopping the car he was driving near the 7200 block of East Trent. Lien told deputies his license was suspended, Reagan said.

Deputies found a concealed weapon tucked in Lien’s clothing and arrested him shortly after midnight, Reagan said. A charge of possession of a controlled substance was added when deputies found two small boxes that contained several bags of suspected methamphetamine, Reagan said.

Simpson and Howard were both arrested about 1 a.m. Monday on drug possession charges after deputies allegedly found heroin during a traffic stop near Alki Avenue and Dick Road. Howard also was booked into jail on two outstanding arrest warrants charging her with theft.

Roberts and Fuentes allegedly were caught with drugs, drug paraphernalia and a stolen car about 4 a.m. Monday.

Deputies said they found a set of scales, methamphetamine and black-tar heroin tucked in Roberts’ clothes. Black-tar heroin also was discovered in Fuentes’ clothes, Reagan said.

Roberts was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and second-degree possession of stolen property. Fuentes was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Theft suspects arrested

Two people were arrested Friday evening at a Valley business that builds fiberglass ramps while taking a break from allegedly loading plywood they stole into the back of a rented moving van.

Ryan R. Dassow, 23, and a 14-year-old boy were arrested for first-degree theft. Both were found sitting on the rear bumper of a U-Haul truck that was loaded with 100 sheets of half-inch plywood, Reagan said.

The lumber was valued at $2,200.

“It’s unusual (for lumber) to be taken from a business and not a construction site,” Reagan said.

An employee of the ramp-making business, Melcher Manufacturing Company Inc., 6017 E. Mission, noticed a U-Haul truck and a red compact car parked outside of the business’ fenced yard. A few minutes later, the truck backed into the yard and the car left, Reagan said.

When deputy Jason Benedetti arrived, the yard’s gate was closed, but unlocked. The truck was inside, its motor running, Reagan said.

A Melcher Manufacturing manager told deputies the two people had not paid for the lumber and were not supposed to be in the yard, Reagan said.

Dassow, who rented the U-Haul, was booked into the Spokane County Jail. The teenager was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.

, DataTimes