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Deputies arrest three people after finding drugs and cash in house north of Spokane

UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrested three people early Wednesday after discovering heroin, methamphetamine and a large amount of cash, as well as evidence of stolen property and identity theft, in a house northeast of Spokane.

Deputies showed up at about 3:40 a.m. at the residence on North Hazard Road to arrest 29-year-old Denis A. Martynenko on a pair of misdemeanor warrants, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

As one deputy approached the door, he could see Martynenko and his girlfriend, Brianna D. Davidson, 23, sleeping on a couch, the sheriff’s office said, adding that both individuals are “well known to law enforcement.”

The deputy also noticed cash and drug paraphernalia on a coffee table, and recognized a third person sleeping in a chair as 28-year-old Pavel Y. Filipenko, the sheriff’s office said. In a previous encounter, Filipenko had led deputies on a pursuit in Davidson’s vehicle and was apprehended with the help of a police dog, the sheriff’s office said.

Martynenko answered the door and was taken into custody. Davidson also turned out to have misdemeanor warrants, and Filipenko, who initially gave the deputies a fake name, was wanted on a felony warrant, the sheriff’s office said. The trio was arrested, and Martynenko and Davidson both asked deputies to return inside to retrieve shoes and cellphone, the sheriff’s office said.

After seeing the bags of drugs and digital scales on the coffee table, deputies requested a warrant to search the residence. Martynenko and Davidson were booked into the Spokane County Jail for their misdemeanor warrants and new charges of drug possession with intent to deliver. Filipenko also was booked for his felony warrant, though he was no longer listed on the jail’s online inmate roster by Wednesday evening.

The sheriff’s office said detectives anticipated requesting additional charges.