‘Cupcake’ put on ice for 45 months
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
December 1, 2009 · 2:57 PM
A 23-year-old man who a detective described as a major methamphetamine dealer in the Oak Harbor area was recently sent to prison.
Michael “Cupcake” Koepke pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Nov. 16 to two counts of possession of meth with intent to deliver and possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana.
The judge sentenced Koepke to three years and nine months in prison and ordered him to pay $5,550 in fines and fees.
The investigation into Koepke began in January after investigators received a tip that someone nicknamed “Cup” or Cupcake” was selling a lot of meth on North Whidbey. The Oak Harbor Police, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Island County Sheriff’s Office worked together on the case. A confidential informant completed a number of controlled buys of meth from Koepke, Oak Harbor Police Detective Carl Seim said.
Some of the controlled buys occurred at the Acorn Motor Inn in Oak Harbor. That led to the Island County Health Department testing the motel for meth contamination; after tests came back hot, the health department closed it down last month with an “unfit for use” order.
The officers arrested Koepke twice in the last couple of months. The first time, they seized 1.7 ounces of meth, 3.6 ounces of marijuana and $2,600 in cash in a backpack that was sitting next to him in a car, according to Seim.
More recently, investigators stopped him in a taxi. Koepke was caught carrying 2.5 ounces of meth, a bag of Sudafed pills, $486 in cash and a baggy of suspected cocaine, Seim reported.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.