Crime

Cocaine sting goes down in store parking lot

LACEY - Detectives arrested two men at the Fred Meyer parking lot in the 700 block of Sleater-Kinney Road as part of a cocaine-trafficking investigation.

Narcotics detectives seized 57 grams of cocaine worth about $4,500 from one of the suspects in the Fred Meyer parking lot, court papers state.

During an investigation that led to Wednesday’s bust, detectives with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force have seized a total of about 6 ounces of cocaine, supervisor Lt. Loreli Thompson said.

Joel Daza, 35, and Isaac Woodard, 24, both of Olympia, were arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to court papers:

A detective conducting surveillance in the Fred Meyer parking lot saw Woodard get in a vehicle being driven by Daza. The detective later saw “Woodard hand Daza a fist-sized package.”

Detectives later stopped Daza’s vehicle and found the cocaine. Daza “acknowledged obtaining two ounces of cocaine from Woodard in exchange for $1,000.”

Daza’s wife, Susan, 21, later was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of cocaine when police searched a residence at Turf Lane in Lacey and found a small amount of cocaine.

Susan Daza denied knowing anything about drug-dealing activities by her husband. She also was booked on suspicion of third-degree assault for resisting arrest and biting a detective’s pinkie finger when he attempted to place her in a police vehicle.

Woodard posted bail Wednesday night and left the Thurston County Jail. Joel Daza was being held at the jail with bail set at $5,000, a jail official said. Susan Daza also was at the jail, with bail set at $2,500.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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