Narcotics detectives seize an ounce of meth, $10,000 cash at Tenino residence

Staff writerMarch 26, 2014 

Thurston County narcotics detectives arrested two men while serving search warrants at a Tenino residence Tuesday, seizing more than an ounce of methamphetamine and $10,000 cash, court papers state.

The suspects Jeremy Erwin, 39, and Randall Mauel, 42, each appeared in Thurston County Superior Court Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. Mauel was additionally ordered held on suspicion of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, due to a small amount of heroin that was found at the residence, court papers state.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch set Erwin's bail at $10,000, and Mauel's bail at $50,000.

Mauel has 14 prior felony convictions, most of them for "drug dealing type charges," Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Toynbee said in court Wednesday. Mauel, who lists a Chehalis address, has pending narcotics charges in Lewis County, and authorities in Oregon are seeking his extradition for a narcotics-related offense there, Toynbee added.

"He's a major drug dealer," Toynbee told Hirsch during the hearing. "He doesn't show any signs of intent to stop."

Erwin, of Tenino, also has several prior felony convictions, Toynbee said, including for harassment and possession of a controlled substance.

When detectives with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force executed the search warrants Tuesday, "Mauel was about to run," but he was detained as he exited the back door of the residence," court papers state.

Also according to court papers:

Detectives noticed that "there were active police scanners operating in the detached garage that were monitoring law enforcement channels."

Detectives found 1.2 ounces meth in a mater bedroom. They found nearly $10,000 cash in Mauel's wallet and several hundred dollars more in the bedroom.

Three other people at the Tenino residence were briefly detained and released at the scene. A detective stated that "he knew Mauel had recently gone to California to pick up more narcotics."

Officials with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force could not be reached for comment Wednesday.









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