Police arrest suspect in Olympia drug-free zone

Olympia Police made the first drug arrest in one of the city’s new drug-free zones downtown area Tuesday night, according to a news release.

Police identified a Tumwater man as a suspect in drug sales downtown and arrested the 27-year-old on charges related to selling methamphetamine after he sold the drug to a police informant. Police received a search warrant for the suspect’s room at the Olympia Inn where they recovered additional methamphetamine. After the arrest, the suspect admitted to frequently selling drugs downtown, selling to an average of 10 people a day, some of whom are juveniles, according to Olympia Police spokesperson Laura Wohl.

The Thurston Narcotics Task Force helped develop the case.

The suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail on felony drug charges.

In April, the Olympia City Council adopted drug-free zones around five civic centers in the downtown area. People arrested for drug-related crimes in the zones may be subject to additional penalties if they are convicted.