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Bail Set For Arrested Councilman Duvall City Official Held For Investigation After Raid On Homes Finds Drugs, Weapons

Associated Press

Bail was set at $10,000 Monday for a Duvall City Council member arrested in a drug and weapons investigation.

A charging decision must be made by Wednesday in the case of Councilman Dave G. “Ernie” Zumwalt, 40, said spokesman Dan Donohoe in the King County prosecutor’s office.

He was being held for investigation of drug charges, Donohoe said.

Zumwalt was arrested Friday on Washington 203 by members of the East Bellevue Drug Task Force, Duvall Police Chief Glenn Merryman said at a news conference Monday in this town about 15 miles northeast of Seattle.

About 20 people - including Councilman Tom Loutsis, 31, a passenger in Zumwalt’s van - were questioned. In raids on two area homes, agents seized marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, cash and weapons.

The Eastside Narcotics Drug Task Force and Duvall police joined in the investigation, which had been under way for some time, Duvall Mayor Glen Kuntz said.

It was unclear what effect Zumwalt’s arrest would have on his council seat. Elected in 1995, he has two years remaining in his term.

“Our city attorneys are looking into what we can and can’t do,” Kuntz said.

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