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In Brief: Deputies arrest alleged drug dealer

From Staff Reports

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man early Friday morning they suspect of selling drugs out of a Spokane Valley loft on East Sprague Avenue.

A sheriff’s deputy found Lewis A. Pardun, 32, and four others talking about weapons in a loft along the 4600 block of East Sprague Avenue and initially approached the quintet on suspicions that a burglary was in progress.

Multiple guns and substances that tested positive as LSD, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine were found in the loft. Two of the occupants told investigators they arrived at the address to buy meth from Pardun.

Jail officials said a search of Pardun prior to his booking produced five oxycodone tablets, according to court documents.

Pardun has no listed felony history in Washington state, according to court records.

Man killed when car crashes into tree

Alejandro Apodaca, 34, died when the car he was driving hit a tree in Spokane Valley late Thursday.

His death has been ruled an accident.

The Nissan Altima that Apodaca drove was traveling south on Bowdish Road near 17th Avenue and left the street, hitting the tree around 11:55 p.m. Thursday, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Gregory said. When medics arrived, Apodaca, the lone occupant, was unresponsive and declared dead at the scene.

Investigators were on the scene Friday morning attempting to determine the cause of the crash. Gregory said preliminary indications point to speed as a factor. It is not known whether drugs or alcohol were involved, or whether Apodaca was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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