From SPD Blotter:
A caravan of Seattle Police Department SWAT officers and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms surprised a Magnolia couple at their home overlooking the Interbay Golf Course Tuesday morning with the news that their live-in 26-year-old son and his 34-year-old friend had been selling heroin and guns out of their basement.
On Saturday, Seattle police received a tip that the 26-year-old man, who lives with his parents, and his friend—who also lives at the house—had amassed an arsenal of assault weapons, shotguns, body armor, and homemade silencers in the basement of the home in the 2800 block of 25th Avenue W.
SPD Narcotics detectives and federal officials were able to contact the suspects, who offered to sell a MP5 submachine gun—typically used by police SWAT teams—to a police informant.
On Monday, police purchased several grams of heroin and what they believed was an MP5 submachine gun. However, after police examined the weapon, they discovered it was actually a .22 rifle decked out to look like a much more expensive and powerful MP5.
SPD detectives and SWAT, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms served a warrant at the home Tuesday and arrested the son’s 34-year-old friend for being a felon in possession of firearms. The 26-year-old son was interviewed and released at the scene as police continue their investigation. The suspect’s parents, who also live in the home, were apparently unaware the men were selling guns out of the home.
Police recovered three handguns and nine rifles at the home, along with body armor, ammunition, a small quantity of heroin, Seattle Police Department patches and a Pacific, WA officer’s badge and two suspected homemade explosive devices. Law enforcement officials are still investigating where the men acquired the guns.
Here are two eyewitness accounts from the morning’s events:
As I was trying to go home this morning after dropping kids off at school I discovered 25th was closed off on the Dravus side – blocked by an ambulance. I then went around to go in via Armour. I encountered SWAT artillery vehicles entering the alley between 25th & 24th. Several tanks with guns on the top. At least 15 SUV and armored vans. Unbelievable. The house raided is on the east side of 25th. The officers would not inform me of why this was occurring. They were able to get the two of the three individuals out of the house after many bull horn instructions to “Come out with your hands up. We know you are in the house.” The third individual would not come out so they sent in a team of agents to get him out. Crazy. They would not tell us why this was happening. Meth lab is one suspicion. It seems like they must have taken it to a level beyond that. I can’t wait to see the police report. Goes to prove once again that bad things happen everywhere.
I was sitting on the bed with the window open around 9ish this morning, when I heard: “This is the Seattle Police. We are serving a warrant of arrest at 2832 25th Ave W. All occupants need to exit with front door with their hands up in the air. This is the Seattle Police.” They mentioned a name of a person, but I won’t repeat it as it wasn’t clear to me. We live in the homes off 26th Ave W and cannot see below due to trees and fences.
Eventually, I could hear: “This is the Seattle Police. We are serving a warrant for ____. Your family is all outside. We know you are inside, you need to exit from the front door with your hands raised in the air. You are surrounded.” It was very calmly stated, not angry, I have to give them credit—I’ve never heard anything like it in my life! Eventually the person must have come out finally, as I heard: “ You need to come down and face my police car here”. I didn’t hear much after that.