Downtown Olympia woman charged with methadone, methamphetamine possession

Staff writerMarch 24, 2014 

Gina Lynn Bush-Ford

BY JEREMY PAWLOSKI

Olympia police have arrested a 42-year-old woman described in court papers as a "well-known resident of downtown Olympia" wanted on charges of unlawful possession of methadone and methamphetamine.

During a court hearing on Monday, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ordered Gina Lynn Bush-Ford, 42, held at the Thurston County Jail, and set bail at $2,500. Bush-Ford was arrested Saturday on Fourth Avenue near Ralph's Thriftway.

Bush-Ford also is charged with two additional counts of felony bail jumping, for allegedly repeatedly failing to appear for court hearings in her two separate felony narcotics cases, court papers state.

"We just can't get you into court," Dixon told Bush-Ford.

Bush-Ford, known locally as "Momma G," is a former resident of the Fleetwood Apartments on Seventh Avenue in downtown Olympia, court papers state.

During Bush-Ford's arrest in June, 2013 that led to her methadone possession charge, Tuwmater police were dispatched to a residence on a report of a domestic disturbance, court papers state.

Also according to court papers:

Bush-Ford told Tumwater officers that her boyfriend at the time had scared her at the residence and "had been talking about dead bodies and killing people." The boyfriend was not present when officers arrived.

A police officer saw a glass smoking device on Bush-Ford's person, and its residue tested positive for methamphetamine. Police later found methadone in her purse, along with "$1,135 cash in twenties, fifties, tens, fives and ones."

In January, an Olympia officer saw Bush-Ford walking in downtown Olympia, and recalled that she had a felony warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in her prior drug case.

When the police officer made contact with Bush-Ford, she said "she was working with the Olympia Police Department, specifically Det. (Bryan) Houser, and that her warrant was going to be cleared."

"Bush-Ford immediately pulled out her cell phone and stated that she was going to call Det. Houser and that she was not supposed to be arrested."

Two Olympia police officers placed Bush-Ford in handcuffs and arrested her. While she was being searched prior to being booked into the Thurston County Jail, an officer found a pill bottle containing methamphetamine in her purse.

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

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