The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office shared this image on Twitter about JNET’s arrest.
By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter
CHEHALIS – Lewis County law enforcement’s drug fighting team released details yesterday about their Monday night arrest of an alleged drug dealer at his south Chehalis home, including how he’s spent some of the proceeds.
Drannon B. Smythe, 23, is accused of being a large-scale seller of controlled substances, and of trading firearms during his transactions.
He allegedly admitted to buying three sport-type cars with the proceeds.
Smythe was charged Tuesday in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of methamphetamine and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His arraignment was scheduled for today.
Lewis County prosecutors wrote in charging documents that on Monday after his arrest, Smythe said he came to the door with a loaded AK-47, but put it down when law enforcement outside verified who they were.
Prosecutors wrote of the search turning up about an ounce of heroin, some methamphetamine, about $3,000 cash and thirteen firearms, several of which were loaded.
The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team wrote in a news release that actually 18 guns were seized, several of which were determined to have been stolen in Lewis County.
During the search, they also reportedly found hundreds of prescription pills and made mention that one of the counts they arrested him for was possession of LSD. He was not charged with that.
The arrest highlights the partnership between agencies, according to JNET Sergeant Brian Warren
“Working together will help us be more effective and focus on drug issues in rural Lewis County,” Warren stated. “The Joint Narcotics Task Force will continue to aggressively go after people who choose to be involved in illegal drugs in our communities.”
Warren indicates the search warrant was served at Smythe’s home on the 200 block of Newaukum Golf Drive. Court documents state Smythe lived on the the 200 block of Newaukum Valley Golf Course Drive.
JNET spells his name as Smyth, while prosecutors charged him as Smythe. His street name is given as “Dragon.”
According to Warren, JNET was accompanied by the U.S. Marshals Service as well as members of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Enforcement Team. Smythe’s roommate Sean Anthony Penn, 30, was arrested for an unrelated warrant from Thurston County.
Court documents state that Smythe told them, if law enforcement had served the warrant the previous day, he’d have had pounds of methamphetamine, but he was robbed.
In response to an inquiry, Warren said Smythe claimed someone broke into his house the night before and stole the drugs, but police are not investigating that since it was illegal for him to have them anyhow.
JNET also is asking if anyone has information regarding Smythe’s activities, to please phone them at 360-330-7680 or 360-748-9286.
For background, read “Drugs, guns and an arrest in Chehalis” from Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 8:31 p.m., here