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Search Warrant Yields Drugs/Firearms

Posted 5/29/2012 10:39 AM by MDGREGORY

Detectives from the Spokane Sheriff's Office Investigative Support Unit, Investigative Task Force and Gang Enforcement Teams concluded a month's long investigation of 26-year-old Eric D. Rangel yesterday with the service of a search warrant at his residence on the 4900 block of North Calvin in Spokane Valley.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the ...residence, his vehicle and Rangel himself after conducting several controlled buys of methamphetamine from him. On the evening of May 23, 2012, detectives located Rangel at 8th and Carnahan in the City of Spokane Valley, seized his vehicle and arrested him. At that time, Rangel had a quantity of methamphetamine and $3,400.00 in U.S. currency on his person. A search of his vehicle yielded two .9 mm pistols as well as additional methamphetamine.

On the morning of May 24, 2012, detectives searched Rangel's residence and located additional methamphetamine, heroin, hydrocodone and marijuana as well as a .12 gauge shotgun and .9 mm ammunition. Range's backyard is connected to an elementary school's playground.

Rangel admitted to detectives that he has been selling methamphetamine in the Spokane Valley. Spokane Valley deputies recently recovered a stolen firearm from a motel in which Rangel had briefly stayed. Rangel admitted that he had forgotten the firearm in the room at checkout and he suspected it had been stolen. Rangel advised he had obtained the stolen firearm in exchange for a quantity of methamphetamine. Rangel is a convicted felon and barred from possessing firearms. A multitude of charges against Rangel will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office.

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