by Vincent Saglimbeni
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — A 20-year-old man was arrested after police found him with over 900 suspected fentanyl pills, methamphetamine and cash.
On Dec. 9, detectives from the Spokane Valley Investigative Unit and Spokane Valley Control contacted four people in a 2003 white Aura at Camp Hope. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says the contact was made in connection to a burglary investigation that happened at a Superstore 24 location in Spokane Valley in mid-October.
Investigators discovered that the car was in the parking lot at Camp Hope. When they got to the camp, they began to follow the car. Deputies eventually moved in and blocked the car, detaining the four people inside the car.
Deputies found that 20-year-old Gavin Barrett had a loaded pistol and over 23 grams of methamphetamine. SCSO also says they found multiple blue pills that are believed to be filled with fentanyl on the floor of the car. They also found cash on the floor of the car.
When deputies interviewed Barrett, he said he purchased a car and found a backpack with a handgun and suspected fentanyl. He later admitted that he had been selling fentanyl pills for a month and a half, buying a pistol for his protection.
When SVIU investigators searched the car on December 14, they found two other handguns, over 900 suspected fentanyl pills, stolen credit cards and property with store loss prevention tags on them.
Barrett was booked for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and a concealed firearm violation. The three other people inside the car were released without charges. All four people that were in the car live at Camp Hope. SCSO says they were trespassed from the encampment by staff there.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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