Lacey Police officers are noting an increase in criminal activity at the Super 8 Hotel on College St SE. Six arrests have been made at the location in the last week, including three last Saturday.
Saturday, January 29 at approximately 5:30 pm, officers contacted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the hotel. When they approached the vehicle, they immediately noticed a large digital weighing scale on the dashboard, tinfoil on the drivers and passenger side floorboards, syringes in the passenger door, and a cellophane bag on the center console that appeared to contain a white powder residue.
The vehicle was occupied by two males and a female. One of the males gave the officers a driver’s license that wasn’t his and the other gave a false name. Once their true identities were discovered, officers confirmed both had felony warrants for their arrest and were taken into custody. One had to be transported to St. Peter’s Hospital for medical clearance, as he had swallowed narcotics.
The female was removed from the vehicle and detained while officers continued their investigation, though she was not placed in handcuffs due to new law requirements. She had a large crown royal bag hanging from her neck which contained a large amount of cash.
She gave consent for the officers to search the vehicle, and they located a large handbag that contained female products and a nylon case. Inside the nylon case, officers found large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. The female suspect was then placed under arrest for possession with intent to deliver.
Officers seized $4,522.72 in US currency in all denominations, as well as approximately 23 grams of cocaine, 69.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, and 85 grams of heroin. The female suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail and is currently being held on $15,000 bail.
The two male suspects who had felony warrants for their arrest were booked into Nisqually Jail. One was released Friday and one is still in custody.
Earlier on Saturday, another man had been taken into custody on a felony warrant at the hotel. The next day, Sunday, yet another suspect was arrested after officers confirmed he had a felony warrant. (For those keeping track, that’s five arrests at the hotel in two days). Then, on Tuesday, another arrest was made when officers found a suspect to be in possession of a stolen vehicle.
Officers noted in their report on the narcotics arrest – “The Lacey Police Department has been experiencing a significant increase in criminal activity such as narcotic use and sales, overdoses, auto thefts and multiple stolen vehicle recoveries at this location.”