Heroin bust lands 5 Moses Lake residents in jail

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December 19, 2012

(Moses Lake, WA) Five Moses Lake residents are in jail today to answer to charges of delivering heroin.

For the past month, Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) and Moses Lake Police conducted an undercover investigation into several heroin distribution rings operating in the Moses Lake area.

During one leg of the investigation, on Dec. 17 detectives bought heroin delivered through the efforts of several people and arrested them for the deliveries and conspiracies to deliver the heroin. Those deliveries were made in the parking lot of a Pioneer Way business near Moses Lake High School and Chief Moses Middle School. Because of that, detectives have asked for a sentencing enhancement for delivery near schools.

Arrested and lodged in the Grant County Jail:

  • Sarah G. Marchand, 22, Moses Lake – suspicion of conspiracy to deliver heroin.
  • Casey L. Hitchcock, 30, Moses Lake – suspicion of conspiracy to deliver heroin.
  • William E. Young, 20, Moses Lake – suspicion of conspiracy to deliver heroin.
  • Jason W. Gibbens, 31, Moses Lake – suspicion of delivery of heroin, school zone enhancement.
  • Daniel Justesen, 24, Moses Lake – suspicion of delivery of heroin, school zone enhancement.

The investigation continues, and more arrests are expected. (Because the investigation is current, we have not yet disclosed the amount of heroin seized during these arrests. We will disclose that information as the investigation is completed).

Heroin is a Schedule One narcotic as classified by the DEA. It is sold in several forms. One is a brown powder referred to as “gun powder”; another is a sticky, chunky substance referred to as “tar”. It is commonly consumed by smoking or injecting.

“The teamwork between Moses Lake Police and INET has made a big impact in stopping drug trafficking and sales in Moses Lake,” said Sheriff Tom Jones.

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