Dealing illegal narcotics is still illegal

Thurston Narcotics Task Force busts accused Fentanyl dealer


While it’s widely understood that under present rulings virtually any “illegal” drugs are legal to consume in Washington, they are still illegal to distribute. Three law enforcement agencies, lead by the Thurston Narcotics Task Force (TNT), including U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security officers, arrested an Olympia man for narcotics trafficking on June 26, 2021.

Report of this arrest became available only this week.

Spencer Small, 32, was referred to in the police report as a “one stop shop” for narcotics by the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force.

Detectives arrested Small in his 2005 Audi A6 sedan, in the Martin Terrace Apartments at 7917 Martin Way E.

Inside Small’s vehicle, detectives found $1,946 in cash in the center console as well as 3.6 grams of white crystaline substance, presumed to be methamphetamine, and 30.7 grams of a white powdery substance, presumed to be Fentanyl.

During the law enforcement interview with Small he admitted to purchasing the Fentanyl for roughly $700 in California, to sell in Washington State for $1,500. He was asked about the large amount of cash in his center console, which Smalls referred as “his precious.”

The 30.7 grams of Fentanyl has a street value police estimated at $4,605.

According to the police report, Small said “I swear that I haven’t been dealing.” This claim was reported along with mention that Small has been arrested multiple times by the TNT in the past year for dealing illegal drugs.

Small said that while that was “a lot of dope,” he just buys in bulk as it contains a better purchase price.

Small reportedly told officers that the money was from collection of debts owed to him.

Small was booked in the Thurston Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.


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