Police chief: 'That is a significant amount of cash and drugs on one person'

POULSBO — A 20-year-old North Kitsap man was arrested and heroin, meth, drug paraphernalia, a stolen gun and cash were seized from his vehicle, early Nov. 29 in Poulsbo.

Shawn P. Morse of Columbia Street in Suquamish was booked into Kitsap County Jail on suspicion of possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of heroin with intent to deliver,and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also booked for fourth-degree assault — domestic violence.

Morse was still in county jail Dec. 2, according to the online jail roster. He had court appearances scheduled that day and is due back in court Dec. 11.

A Poulsbo police sergeant patrolling the Poulsbo Mobile Home Park after midnight Nov. 29 saw a man standing next to the open door of a car outside a mobile home where the sergeant has made warrant arrests, and decided to investigate further, according to his report. He talked to the two men, whom he recognized and one of whom — Morse — the sergeant knew had two warrants for his arrest.

After Morse and the other man went inside the mobile home, the sergeant called for backup and noticed suspected drug paraphernalia in the back of Morse’s car. After three more officers arrived, the sergeant knocked on the door and asked for Morse. Morse came outside and was arrested for the warrants.

Morse’s car was impounded; upon receiving a search warrant, the car was searched and officers found two handguns, one of which was reported stolen in Marysville; a total of 27 grams of heroin; a total of 75 grams of meth; and six bundles of cash totaling $8,200.

In addition, officers found more than 125 rounds of ammunition and drug paraphernalia such as foil, torches, scales, spoons and a syringe.

Morse’s bail was set at $157,500, according to the jail roster.

Poulsbo Police Chief Alan Townsend said the bust was “atypical — pretty unusual for this area. That is a significant amount of cash and drugs on one person.”

Townsend didn’t know how many drug-related arrests there have been in Poulsbo this year and how that number compares to 2012. “Arrests with a connection to heroin are up significantly, but I don’t have numbers," he said. "I just know that when we have arrested people for burglaries, car prowls and other crimes, we have seen a connection to heroin that is much higher than in the past.”

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