Poulsbo woman arrested for alleged involvement in Bainbridge Island drug deal

A 57-year-old Poulsbo woman was charged with delivery of a controlled substance in Kitsap County District Court Tuesday after police alleged she was involved in the illegal sale of Oxycodone pills that her son had sold to a police informant.

Gladys Marie McBride was arrested May 12 and charged with the felony the following day. Police claim she gave Oxycodone pills for her son to sell and drove him to and from the scene of a drug deal at the Day Road Park-and-Ride on Aug. 15, 2013.

According to a certificate of probable cause, police said an informant gave Jason McBride, McBride's son, $80 for .42 grams of pure heroin and 20 Oxycodone pills. Two detectives watched as the woman's van came to the park-and-ride lot and Jason McBride got into the informant's vehicle to make the sale.

Police claim Gladys McBride was in the driver's seat of the van, and after the drug sale was completed, her son got back into her van and they drove away, heading north on Highway 305. The police informant turned over the drugs she had purchased to detectives, and said Jason McBride said he had gotten the Oxycodone from his mother.

Jason McBride was arrested and charged with delivery of a controlled substance in February. Police began monitoring jail phone calls between McBride and his mother, and said on Feb. 19 that he told her he had left personal belongings, including his "drug box" with his mother's pills, at a Kingston motel after he was arrested.

During another phone call the following day, the two talked about a newspaper article in the Bainbridge Island Review that reported Jason McBride's arrest.

According to court documents, his mother was "very concerned about a portion of the article in which it stated the pills sold by Jason came from her. Jason told his mother, 'Deny everything. I'll take it.' "

During another jailhouse phone conversation on Feb. 23, Gladys McBride said she was going to see a lawyer about being implicated in the drug sale. When her son started talking about what had happened that day, his mother reminded him that their phone calls were being monitored.

Her son, however, recalled how they went by the location for the drug sale and the buyer wasn't there yet.

According to court documents, his mother yelled "Quiet!" and "Will you stop talking!"

Later, in a March 18 phone call with his mother, Jason McBride allegedly said that he was writing a letter to his father to explain things.

"I'm pretty much going to tell him everything, except for your involvement," McBride reportedly told his mother.

After getting a warrant for pharmacy records, police learned that Gladys McBride had a prescription for Oxycodone from Naval Hospital Bremerton that provided her with 120 pills a month, and also received prescription drugs through a civilian doctor, and had another prescription for 60 Oxycodone pills a month.

Police also noted she had filled a prescription for Oxycodone on the day her son was arrested for selling drugs on Bainbridge Island. Detectives also said a check of the Washington State Prescription Monitoring Program showed her son did not have a prescription for Oxycodone.

Jason McBride pleaded guilty to his criminal charges in late April and is currently in prison.

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