A 37-year-old Yakima man is accused of trying to sell more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine during a drug sting early Wednesday.
Yakima police were told by investigators in Spokane on Tuesday that a
suspect in a drug-related crime there was willing to identify his Yakima-based supplier, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Officers in Spokane and members of the Yakima DEA Task Force arranged for the man to set up a drug buy, which was to occur in the Winco Foods parking lot early Wednesday morning. Around 1:30 a.m., the suspect arrived in a car at the parking lot. The suspect got out with a bag and got in the car of the supposed buyer, the affidavit said.
Officers arrested the man, the affidavit said, and found five packages of a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Detectives said the 2,447 grams — about 5.3 pounds — of suspected methamphetamine had a street value of between $16,000 and $20,000.
Officers also found 54.2 grams — nearly 2 ounces — of a substance that tested positive for heroin, the affidavit said, which had a street value from $2,000 to $2,400.
The suspect was booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of drug possession. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Kevin Naught ordered him held in lieu of $10,000 bail.