Homeless man who slept in Olympia dumpster sentenced for meth

Staff writerMarch 7, 2014 

A homeless man who was staying in a dumpster on Plum Street in February told an Olympia police officer he had slept there because his life “had gone downhill” once he started using methamphetamine again, court papers state.


On Thursday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon sentenced the suspect, Cory Boyd, 35, to 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of methamphetamine filed against him after his February arrest.

Olympia police arrested Boyd on Feb. 8, after they were dispatched to a report of a man in a dumpster behind the Shell gas station in the 1000 block of Plum Street.

When police approached Boyd he was inside the dumpster, attempting to move items of garbage out of his way, court papers state.

“Boyd said he had spent the night inside the dumpster and was woken up to bags of garbage falling onto him,” court papers state. Boyd then told the officers he had began using meth again and needed to get clean.

Officers found Boyd had an active warrant. After arresting Boyd, an officer told him they had to take his guitar case to inventory the items inside. While the officer searched the guitar case a bag of methamphetamine fell out.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Heather Stone said Friday that Boyd was polite and personable as Dixon sentenced him to 30 days in jail Thursday. She said she believes Boyd will be released from jail soon due to the time he has already served.

“He needs to stop using drugs,” Stone said.

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

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