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Another suspect pleads guilty to pot dealing; suspect in April 2011 bust
KINGSTON — One of the two final suspects in a multi-agency drug bust last year in Kingston has pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of marijuana.
Puma Miller, 32, is scheduled to be sentenced May 18, 9 a.m. in Kitsap County Superior Court. Kelly Mitchell, 27, is scheduled to go to trial May 8 on a charge of conspiracy to deliver.
Miller was arrested Aug. 20 during a traffic stop in Mason County. Mitchell was arrested two days later in Pierce County.
The West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team, or WestNET, served warrants at three houses in Kingston April 20, 2011, arresting six people suspected of dealing marijuana and prescription drugs: Samantha Nicole Fulwiler, 18; JonPaul Clay Gregoire, 26; Michael James Martin, 43; Aaron Jaymes Perez, 25; Kori L. Planck, 21; and David M. Shlifer, 33.
Planck received a deferred sentence, WestNET Sgt. James Mjor said. All others received jail time, fines ranging from $1,300 to $2,300, and probation. Gregoire was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The WestNET investigation was spurred by concerns of Kingston residents about the availability of drugs to minors and young adults. WestNET detectives investigated the sale of marijuana and oxycodone, a powerful narcotic pain medication, to a number of North Kitsap drug users and dealers, according to a press release issued in April 2011 by the Sheriff’s Office. “Criminal intelligence information determined that these suspects also were known to be a major source of drug supply for local teenagers,” the release stated.
Detectives conducted a number of controlled purchases of narcotics from several suspects, leading to the issuance of search warrants that were served in the 17000 block of Parcells Road NE, 26000 block of Lindvog Road NE, and the 27000 block of NE State Highway 104.
At the time of the initial arrests, Mjor said the arrests could have a big impact. Four months later, he was cautiously optimistic.
“I think only time will tell,” he said at the time. “Time’s going to tell if jail time, fines and treatment made an impact on their lives.”
The West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. The task force is comprised of officers from:
— Bainbridge Island Police Department— Bremerton Police Department— Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office— Mason County Sheriff’s Office— Naval Criminal Investigative Service— Pierce County Sheriff’s Department— Shelton Police Department— Port Orchard Police Department— Poulsbo Police Department— Washington State Patrol
Persons with information about illegal narcotics-related activity can call WestNET at (360) 337-7064. All callers can remain anonymous.
Residents of North Kitsap, Bainbridge Island, Olalla and Mason County can call toll free, (800) 585-TIPS (8477).
The State of Washington has a 24-hour Marijuana Hotline number for information about illegal marijuana growing operations. All calls are confidential: (800) 388-GROW (4769).