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Police seize firearms and drugs after tip leads to East Central home

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Spokane police found these firearms at a home in East Central and accuse Karen Orona and Derick Arias of unlawful possession of a firearm. (Courtesy Spokane Police Department)
Spokane police found these firearms at a home in East Central and accuse Karen Orona and Derick Arias of unlawful possession of a firearm. (Courtesy Spokane Police Department)

Spokane Police arrested three felons and seized multiple firearms from a nuisance residence on Wednesday in the city’s East Central neighborhood.

SWAT and K-9 teams received a tip that Derick Arias, who was wanted on an attempted robbery charge, was at a home on the 2100 block of East Fifth Avenue, police said in a news release.

Police obtained a search warrant for the residence that led to the seizure of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and several firearms.

The renter of the property, Karen Orona, was apprehended by police during a traffic stop and placed under arrest for two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Spokane police also arrested Arias’ sister, Nicole Arias, on felony and misdemeanor warrants.

Because Derick Arias and Orona are felons, who aren’t permitted to store or be in possession of firearms, both were arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm.


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