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Warrant sweep uncovers methamphetamine lab
Three South Kitsap men in their 40s were arrested last week on various drug charges after deputies discovered a suspected meth lab during a planned warrant sweep, according to the Kitsap County Sheriffs Department.
According to the incident report, several deputies were searching for Mark Boon Huff-man, 44, and Douglas Madel Johnson, 47, at a residence in the 1100 block of JH Road around 9 a.m. on May 28. The two men were wanted on various misdemeanor warrants.
Based on information provided by the homeowner, two deputies later located the suspects at a burned-out shop in the 14000 block of Madrona Road SW.
When deputies arrived, they found a man sleeping in pickup truck parked in front of the building.
The man, later identified as Raymond Wiley Jackson, 42, told the officers Huffman and Johnson were staying in two RVs parked nearby.
Near one of the RVs a deputy discovered a tote bag with several items known to be used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, including a jar of air pellets, lye and two propane tanks.
The deputies handcuffed Jackson and called for WestNET officers to respond.
Deputies then located Johnson, who said he had been sleeping in another pickup truck and did not realize the officers were there. Near the truck officers located a large propane tank that appeared to also have been used to make meth.
Johnson was placed under arrest.
Inside another RV, deputies located Huffman.
He denied swallowing drugs although deputies noted he was visibly choking when he exited the motor home.
Huffman told the deputies he did not know anything about the apparent meth lab items, and that they belonged to Johnson.
Johnson and Huffman were then booked into Kitsap County Jail on their outstanding warrants and charged with one count each of manufacturing methamphetamine.
The bail for both suspects was set at $50,000 each.
Jackson was also booked into jail for possession of both drug paraphernalia and suspected stolen property, based on a stolen all-terrain vehicle that deputies found in the back of the truck he was sleeping in.
At the end of their warrant sweep May 28, Kitsap deputies, working in conjunction with Washington State Patrol troopers, arrested 35 suspects with a total of 55 warrants. The total bail amount was $154,475.
In addition, 12 suspects with a total of 20 warrants voluntarily surrendered.