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Neighbors cheer as police make drug arrests
MARYSVILLE – It’s not often that police hear clapping while they are out doing their jobs.
But if happened June 12 in the 9600 block of 48th Drive N.E. Police arrested 11 people at a suspected drug house at 6:30 a.m.
The Pro-act Team suspected large-scale drug use and sales taking place there. Officers compiled a list of offenders who were likely there. Those suspects had a total of 146 prior criminal convictions.
“This residence has been the source of a multitude of problems in the neighborhood for a long time, Police Chief Rick Smith said. After getting a search warrant, Marysville SWAT officers converged on the house, where they contacted 19 people. Eleven were arrested on various drug offenses and/or outstanding arrest warrants. SWAT officers used flash-bang canisters and a remote controlled robot during the operation.
Officers impounded two vehicles and recovered a small quantity of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
“The end result is a big positive for this neighborhood,” Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux added. “As officers led those who were arrested away, neighbors actually came outside and clapped and gave officers the thumbs up.”