Contributed by Lt. Pat Lowery of Kent Police Department
Kent Police Serve Search Warrant for Counterfeit Prescriptions
Police seize computers and guns from local apartment.
KENT, Wash. – December 7, 2010 – Kent Police and Valley SWAT personnel have served a search warrant at an east Kent apartment while investigating a prescription forgery ring. The warrant was served at the Birch Creek Apartments, 12953 SE 275 St, Kent, at 10 AM today. The residents of the apartment, a local man and woman, have been arrested. The search of their apartment is on-going.
Officers first became aware of the location while investigating a recent prescription forgery. Through investigation Police identified the source of the forged prescription as a 33 year old Kent man. Officers learned that the counterfeiting operation was run from the man’s apartment. Police also learned that the person of interest was a convicted felon and was in possession of at least one firearm.
Due to the presence of the firearm and the suspect’s history of violent crime, Police used a SWAT team to make contact. Early today, Kent Police surrounded the residence, evacuated neighboring apartments, and then used a Police Negotiator to call the suspect and his house mate from the apartment. The pair exited without incident. Detectives recovered an extensive amount of evidence pertaining to the forgeries, ID theft, as well as two guns.
Kent Police have charged the pair with ID Theft and Prescription Forgery. The man has also been charged as a Felon Possessing a Firearm. “We are very satisfied with the outcome of this investigation and the warrant service” noted Lieutenant Pat Lowery. Both suspects are being held in the Kent Corrections Center.
The scene of this morning’s arrests: