Police seize cocaine

LACEY - Local drug task force agents seized about a half-kilo of cocaine Thursday from a man in a parking lot in the 8300 block of Quinault Drive, then seized another half-kilo at his house on Old Pacific Highway, task force Lt. Loreli Thompson said.

The seizure of the cocaine, with a total street value of $63,000, was the culmination of a three-month investigation by the task force, Thompson said.

Zaza Brown, 25, of Old Pacific Highway in Olympia was arrested on suspicion of use of a building for drug purposes, unlawful possession of cocaine and unlawful delivery of cocaine, Thompson said.

Thompson would not elaborate about the bust, which happened about 5 p.m. Thursday, saying that to do so could compromise investigators.

Task force agents got a warrant to search Brown's home after finding the cocaine on him in the parking lot, Thompson said. Two handguns and a rifle, along with several thousand dollars, also were seized at the home on Old Pacific Highway, she said.

An official at the Thurston County jail said Friday night that Brown had posted bail and been released from custody.

Brown has a misdemeanor conviction from 2003 for malicious mischief, court records state. The charge stemmed from an incident in which he damaged a holding cell at the Thurston County jail that included damage to an intercom, court records state.

Jeremy Pawloski covers public safety for The Olympian. He can be reached at 360-754-5465 or jpawloski@theolympian.com.