Citizens & Detectives Work Together to Address Chronic Nuisance Neighbors
Spokane County Investigative Task Force (ITF) Detectives working with neighbors, Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) and U.S. Postal Inspectors, obtained a search warrant for a chronic nuisance residence located in the 100 block of W. Brierwood. The suspect, a nine-time convicted felon found to be in possession of a loaded firearm, was arrested. Two handguns, Heroin, Methamphetamine and cash were seized.
ITF Detective Dean Meyer began investigating a reported mail theft, trespassing and malicious mischief in late June involving 56-year-old Troy P. Howard, a nine-time convicted felon.
Familiar with Howard from numerous prior contacts, Detective Meyer began working with neighbors in the area as well as other law enforcement agencies to address Howard’s reported criminal activity. A check of Howard’s name revealed he had an active misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
With information obtained during the investigation, a search warrant for Howard’s residence was requested and granted.
On July 3, 2018, ITF and SVIU Detectives, with the assistance of U.S. Postal Inspectors and Spokane County Patrol Deputies, executed the search warrant at Howard’s residence. After Howard opened the door, he was immediately arrested, placed in handcuffs and a cursory search for weapons was conducted by Detective Oliphant. A loaded, small Davis Industries .22 caliber derringer type pistol was located in Howard’s right front pants pocket and secured.
During a search of the residence, several pieces of evidence including; Heroin, Methamphetamine, money, digital scales, a loaded Walther PK380 semi-auto pistol, bank cards and drug paraphernalia, were located and seized.
Howard was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his warrant and initial new charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Based on the seriousness of the offenses and the ongoing investigation, Detective Meyer requested a significant bond be set and additional charges are expected.
This investigation and the subsequent removal of two illegally possessed firearms, heroin and methamphetamine from our community, along with evidence which could lead to additional charges is a result of citizens and law enforcement working together for a common goal, public safety. Thank you to the citizens who worked with investigators to address this chronic neighborhood nuisance and safety concern.