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Port Angeles man sentenced for bringing meth chemicals to Whidbey

"A 28-year-old Port Angeles man who has supplied an Island County man with the precursor drugs for making methamphetamines will be spending some time behind bars on Whidbey Island.Douglas Quiding was sentenced to three months in jail Sept. 22 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance last month. He was facing a standard range of up to a year in jail.In addition, Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock gave Quiding a $3,127 fine and a year of community service.According to the affidavit of probable cause written by Island County Deputy Chris Garden, an Island County man phoned Quiding on Dec. 28, 1998, and asked him to bring some ephedrine-containing tablets to him so he could manufacture methamphetamines. Quiding had supplied the man with the over-the-counter drugs a half dozen times before, Garden wrote.Based on information from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Island County deputies stopped Quiding after he drove off the Keystone ferry and arrested him. The deputies searched his truck and found 21 boxes of Western Family psuda-tabs plus and Safeway decongestants, along with a pot pipe, a syringe and a small amount of marijuana.Quiding admitted to deputies that he was bringing the drugs to an Island County man so that the man could manufacture meth. Quiding said he would get a share of the profit.The case against Quiding took nearly two years to finalize mainly because Quiding repeatedly didn't show up for court hearings. Hancock authorized $5,000 bench warrant on Quiding three separate times, though at a hearing last March it turned out Quiding was in jail in Whatcom County. "

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