Welfare Check Results in Arrest of Two Suspects for Possession of Illegal Drugs-Both Suspects Booked and Immediately Released
Responding to a welfare check, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies contacted two adult subjects. Through the investigation, probable cause was established to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle, and the suspects were later arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both were booked into jail, but as the Deputy left, he observed both suspects had already been released from custody.
On November 9, 2023, at approximately 11:00 am, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the parking lot of Fred Meyer, 12120 N. Division Street, for a welfare check. The caller reported seeing two people passed out inside a white Pontiac.
Deputies arrived and contacted store security, who were aware of the incident. They advised a female had exited the vehicle and was now inside the store.
Deputies approached the vehicle and observed a male slumped over and passed out inside. The male, 32-year-old Jordan G. Swanson, was holding a clear plastic baggie with multiple small round blue pills, believed to contain Fentanyl, in his right hand.
When Swanson awoke, he noticed the Deputies and immediately tried to hide the baggie/pills near the center console. As Swanson exited the vehicle, a large amount of smoke flowed from it. The Deputy noted the smoke smelled caustic and did not smell like marijuana or cigarettes. Swanson was safely detained in handcuffs.
Swanson was advised of his rights and chose to remain silent, refusing to identify himself.
One Deputy entered the store and located the female, identified as 32-year-old Stacie L. Zimmerman. She was detained and brought back out to the vehicle. She was advised of her rights and agreed to answer questions. She identified herself, Swanson, and explained she had been driving the car earlier but declined to consent to a search of the vehicle.
A check of Swanson’s name revealed an active misdemeanor warrant (Reckless Driving) for his arrest.
A search warrant for the vehicle was requested and granted. During the search, Deputies recovered a clear baggie containing 19 small blue pills, commonly known as ‘mexis’ and believed to contain Fentanyl, near the center console. They also seized a clear baggie containing pieces of a white crystalline substance believed to be Methamphetamine inside a black bag that was on Swanson’s lap when he was contacted. Additionally, three Suboxone pouches, a glass smoking pipe containing a brown/white residue, two straws (tooters), pieces of foil with melted/burnt, brown residue, additional foil, and foil containing what appeared to be two melted blue pills, were seized.
Zimmerman was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl).
Swanson was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his misdemeanor warrant and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine & Fentanyl).
As the Deputy was leaving the jail parking lot to book the seized evidence into property and complete reports, he observed Zimmerman and Swanson leaving the jail, both administratively released from custody and heading back into the community.