Thurston County narcotics detectives working with Mason County detectives seized more than 1.2 pounds of heroin worth $30,000 from two Lacey apartments Tuesday night after a yearlong investigation, court papers state.
Two Mexican nationals were arrested, and more than $8,700 cash was seized, said Thurston County Task Force supervisor Lt. Loreli Thompson. Fernando Amador Castro, 27, and Jacinto Santos Bautistu, 22, were being held Wednesday night at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of unlawful delivery of heroin. Neither can post bail because of federal immigration holds, jail officials said.
According to court papers:
On Oct. 22, an unidentified police operative bought three-quarters of an ounce of heroin from Castro for $350 in the parking lot of an undisclosed Olympia business. Bautistu, who goes by several aliases, was the driver for Castro.
On Tuesday night, detectives arranged another heroin buy from Castro using the same operative, this time in a Lacey parking lot. After the operative bought one ounce of heroin for $400, detectives kept Castro in sight as a State Patrol aircraft followed him.
Castro returned to his Lacey apartment after engaging in “activity consistent with several other drug deals” and was taken into custody. Detectives found Castro with about 3.3 grams of heroin and $227.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Castro’s apartment in the 200 block of Carpenter Road, along with his two vehicles parked there. While executing the search warrant, detectives found $8,700 and an additional 49 grams of heroin.
Detectives also responded to Bautistu’s apartment at the Capital Club Apartments in the 3800 block of 14th Avenue in Lacey. Bautistu reportedly was driving up to the apartment in a white Honda del Sol at the time, and when he saw law enforcement there, he left. A Lacey patrol vehicle pulled Bautistu’s vehicle over. A Thurston County narcotics detective identified Bautistu as the same person who had sold him heroin during the yearlong investigation.
A man with a name matching that on a piece of identification Bautistu was carrying was wanted for a felony narcotics offense resulting from a drug task force operation in Grays Harbor County.
Detectives obtained a telephonic search warrant to search Bautistu’s apartment and found more than a pound of heroin wrapped in separate quantities indicating that it was going to be resold on the street.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 firstname.lastname@example.org