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Posted on: February 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 16-Time Convicted Felon Arrested for Sales/Delivery of a Legend Drug- Fentanyl,

16-Time Convicted Felon Arrested for Sales/Delivery of a Legend Drug- Fentanyl, During Early Morning Search Warrant Service

As part of an ongoing Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit (SCIU) drug sales (Fentanyl) investigation, a valid search warrant was served by SWAT Team members early this morning.   SWAT was requested to assist SCIU with the service due to the serious and violent criminal history of the suspect, who was safely taken into custody.   Several people were detained and identified. Three were arrested for valid warrants, and the others were released without charges.   

On February 1, 2023, at approximately 6:00 am, Spokane County SWAT Team, SCIU Detectives, and Spokane Valley Deputies and Spokane Valley SVIU Detectives, arrived at a home in the 11400 block of E. 4th Avenue to serve a search warrant.  The warrant was obtained as part of a months-long investigation into the illegal sale of Fentanyl, aka ‘Mexis’. 

Note: Fentanyl pills, also known as ‘Mexis’, are counterfeit pills that are pressed with Fentanyl and are commonly pressed as a fake/counterfeit Oxycodone pill.  Fentanyl is a Schedule 1 narcotic and is inherently dangerous because of the unknown potency of each counterfeit pill.  

Several people were safely detained during the warrant service.  Once the scene was secured, Investigators located pills believed to contain Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, a stolen handgun, and a stolen vehicle, among other items of evidence.  

The following arrests were made:

Investigation Suspect: Damian M. Plumley, 33, was arrested for the Sales/Delivery of a Legend Drug (3 counts).  Plumley is a 16-time convicted felon, with convictions that include: Robbery 1st Degree, Taking a Motor Vehicle w/o Permission 2nd Degree, Theft 2nd Degree, Theft of a Firearm, Residential Burglary, Trafficking Stolen Property, and Hit and Run.  Plumley also has eight misdemeanor convictions including, Reckless Endangerment, Theft 3rd Degree, Reckless Driving, Criminal Trespass, Failure to Obey an Officer, and Malicious Mischief.    

Ryan R. Lovitt, 37, was arrested for two felony warrants.   Taking a Motor Vehicle w/o Permission (2-counts) and Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree)

Brooke N. Benton, 29, was arrested for two misdemeanor warrants.   (Assault 4th Degree (2-counts) and Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree)

Sarah M. Langford, 39, was arrested for a City Theft misdemeanor warrant.  

All were booked into the Spokane County Jail for the listed charges.  This is an ongoing investigation, and additional charges/arrests are possible.  

Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives also served Chronic Nuisance/Abatement notices at the residence.

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For additional information regarding Fentanyl Awareness, fist the DEA Spokane website, Operation Engage, https://www.dea.gov/engage/operation-engage-spokane    

Top Local Drug Threat: Fentanyl: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number one killer of Americans aged 18 to 45 is Fentanyl overdoses.  The CDC estimates that over 104,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in the 12-month period ending on September 30, 2021. Sixty-five percent (65%) of those overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl.” 

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