OLYMPIA - A woman was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of selling heroin out of her apartment in the 1800 block of Eighth Avenue in Olympia.
Sara Jane Black, 18, was being released from the Thurston County Jail to her parents Wednesday night after a judge freed her on her own recognizance, which means she did not have to post bail.
Black, who has no criminal history, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of unlawful delivery of heroin and one count each of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.
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Thurston County Narcotics Task Force detectives had been investigating drug sales from Black’s apartment since Dec. 20. She is unemployed.
Under controlled buys supervised by detectives, a confidential source bought “eight balls” of heroin from Black on Dec. 20, Jan. 3 and Jan. 10. An “eight ball” is street slang for an amount of drugs that weighs one-eighth of an ounce, or about 3.5 grams.
When detectives executed a search warrant at Black’s apartment Tuesday, they found scales, packaging materials, heroin and cocaine.
Drug task force Commander Lt. Loreli Thompson said Wednesday that she was saddened by the case; the woman had turned 18 just three days before her arrest.
“The investigation suggests that she was more than a casual user and appeared to be engaged in frequent selling of the drug,” she said.
Black’s attorney, James Dixon, suggested that his client would benefit from treatment.
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