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Police net drags in criminals

A patrol effort by the Island County Sheriff’s Office last month netted four arrests.

Sheriff Mark Brown said deputies worked with the state troopers on Highway 20 on North Whidbey June 29 on a grant-funded “serious crime interdiction patrol.” In contrast to common seat belt or speed emphasis patrols, the goal of this effort was to catch more serious criminals or stop serious crimes.

“We were looking for drugs, stolen property, mail theft ... things like that,” Brown said.

While the cops didn’t crack any major crime rings, they did make a lot of stops during the 10-hour period. Six units, including Brown himself, worked the effort on the sheriff’s side, plus the state troopers helped them out and made their own stops.

Brown said the deputies stopped 121 cars, issued 108 warnings and 14 citations, and searched three vehicles with the help of the State Patrol’s drug-sniffing dog. They made four criminal arrests, including two for drugs, one suspended driver and one arrest warrant.

A deputy also caught an alleged drunk driver at the bridge, but handed the arrest to a state trooper. Brown said he was worried about the guy, who had just been arrested for a DUI three days before.

“Being depressed, intoxicated and at the bridge is not a good combination,” he said.

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