Convicted Felon Arrested – 2 Handguns, Approximately 1 Lb. Meth, ½ Lb. Heroin, 1000+ Fentanyl Pills, $7,000+ in Cash Seized
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to a suspicious person call at a hotel discovered the male, later identified as 55-year-old Phillip J. Motyka Jr., was a multi-time convicted felon and illegally in possession of two handguns. Upon further investigation and a search warrant obtained, Deputies located a large amount of suspected Methamphetamine, Heroin, Fentanyl pills, drug sales paraphernalia, and cash.
Motyka was booked into the Spokane County Jail for two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. He was released three days later after posting the $15,000 bond set by the courts.
Four days later, Motyka was contacted by a Spokane Police Officer on an unrelated call. Motyka was found to be in possession of another firearm illegally and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, where he remains with his total bond now set at $100,000.
On February 25, 2022, at approximately 2:50 pm., Spokane County Deputies responded to the Quality Inn located at 7919 N. Division.
An employee reported an unresponsive male, later identified as Motyka, was found in the bathtub of a room when cleaning staff entered to clean after checkout time. The employee observed pistols on the bathroom floor next to the tub.
The employee provided the name of the last registered guest as Motyka. A check of his name revealed he was a multi-time convicted felon and prohibited from possessing firearms.
When Deputies arrived, knowing the male was armed and unsure if he needed immediate medical attention, they entered the room. Motyka was detained without incident, positively identified, and provided medical attention to assess his condition.
Deputies observed commonly used drug paraphernalia in the bathroom and found a large sum of cash in the front pocket of sweatpants they obtained for Motyka to wear.
Motyka did not wish to answer questions after being advised of his rights.
As the investigation continued, Deputies requested and were granted a search warrant for the hotel room and Motyka’s car that was parked in the hotel lot.
Deputies seized two handguns, approximately 1 pound of suspected Methamphetamine,1/2 pound of Heroin, 1000+ Fentanyl pills commonly known as “Mexis” and over $7,000 in cash. A field test of the Meth and Heroin showed a presumptive positive result. The pills believed to contain Fentanyl will be tested to confirm if they contain the extremely potent and potentially lethal narcotic.
Motyka was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree and three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver. The courts later set his bond at $15,000. On February 28, 2022, Motyka was released after posting bond.
On March 4, 2022, during an unrelated incident, Motyka was contacted by a Spokane Police Officer and again found to be illegally in possession of a firearm. He was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 1st Degree.
Motyka remains in jail with his total bond set at $100,000, covering both arrests.
Safe Streets Task Force members continue to investigate these incidents, and additional charges are possible.