Six arrested after complaints of heroin users shooting up in Olympia library

Staff writerSeptember 13, 2013 

Staff at the Olympia Timberland Library hope complaints about people shooting heroin in the bathroom will stop after police raided a suspected drug house on Franklin Street Thursday night.

The suspected drug house is located in the 900 block of Franklin Street - right behind the library. Neighbors in the general area said everyone knows that drug addicts live there.

Olympia Library Manager Donna Feddern said library staff had contacted police after recent complaints from patrons about intravenous drug use in the bathrooms, and because they were continually having to pick up dirty needles in the parking lot.

"We want to keep this a safe environment for everybody," she said.

Feddern added it was getting to the point that someone was being asked to check the bathroom on a regular basis for needles.

Olympia police arrested six people at the Franklin Street address after first obtaining a search warrant. Three people were arrested on suspicion of felony offenses and three were cited for misdemeanors, Olympia police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said.

Two of the people arrested on suspicion of felonies Thursday night - Dean Fulks and Laurie Pfeiffer, live at the Franklin Street residence. Fulks' grandfather owns the home, court papers state.

Fulks was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of methamphetamine and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pfeiffer was arrested on suspicion of heroin possession.

Fulks, 52, was ordered held with bail set at $2,500; Pfeiffer, 44, was allowed to be released on her personal recognizance, meaning she did not have to post bail.

Pfeiffer told her attorney in court that she cannot be incarcerated because she has cancer, which prompted Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon to retort, "Of course, heroin and cancer are incompatible as well."

Larry Boothby, 40, of Olympia, also was arrested at the residence on a felony warrant with a no bail hold. Boothby has a lengthy criminal history which includes a 2011 arrest while sitting on a bench outside the Olympia Timberland Library. During Boothby's 2011 arrest, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, court papers state.

Olympia police had been conducting surveillance of the Franklin Street address for the past month, court papers state. One of the subjects arrested admitted he was meeting with Pfeiffer to purchase heroin, according to court papers.

Also according to court papers:

Pfeiffer had a small amount of heroin in her purse. Police found methamphetamine and a .22 caliber pistol in Fulks' room. As a convicted felon, Fulks is not allowed to have a firearm. Fulks said he received the pistol as a payment for a debt.

Feddern said library staff were "very surprised" to learn that the drug activity was going at a residence so close to the library.

 

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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