Oak Harbor drug court graduate goes to prison

A 32-year-old man arrested when Oak Harbor police stormed the home of suspected methamphetamine dealers last October was sent to prison this week.

Brent Severns pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court to one count of maintaining premises for using controlled substance.

Under a plea bargain, both the prosecution and defense recommended a sentence of one year and two months in prison. Judge Alan Hancock agreed and imposed the sentence.

Hancock said he was very disappointed when Severns was arrested since he had completed drug court, which is a rigorous court-supervised program in which non-violent defendants go through intensive treatment for addiction problems. Hancock noted that Severns “wasn’t able to overcome the demon of addiction,” but he encouraged him to seek treatment in prison.

Severns seemed to agree.

“I’m going to use this time as wisely as I can and I’m going to let my actions speak for themselves,” he said.

Severns’ father, Oak Harbor City Councilman Bob Severns, spoke on his son’s behalf. He said he was concerned about an unresolved DUI case in Snohomish County, which may make his son ineligible for services when he gets out of prison. Hancock, however, said he had no control over what happens in other courts.

The Oak Harbor police arrested Severns and another man, Damien Hernandez, after serving a search warrant at the SW 19th Court residence on Oct. 14. The police had received numerous complaints for about two years from neighbors about the heavy foot and vehicle traffic at the condominium.

“In the past year, the complaints became more frequent and the community of SW 19th Court were becoming extremely frustrated with the amount of traffic and how nothing could be done about it,” Detective Carl Seim wrote in his report about the case.

Seim was finally able to obtain a search warrant by working with an informant and conducting “controlled buys” of meth from Severns. The police seized 4.43 grams of meth in the top drawer of Severns’ desk.

Hernandez was also charged. He pleaded guilty in December and was sentenced to prison.


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