Prosecutor: Big Bottom bust informant not reliable

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – The one remaining person from this summer’s so-called Big Bottom Bust in Randle is a free man after prosecutors dismissed his drug charges.

Marty Joe Mullins, 48, was among seven individuals charged in Lewis County Superior Court with delivery of methamphetamine after the June raids in which 10 people were jailed.

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June 7, 2013, Randle

Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher said the only evidence he had Mullins sold meth came from the confidential informant whose credibility is tainted by mental health issues.

“Our informant committed a new offense himself, and quite frankly, he’s not reliable,” Meagher said yesterday.

Mullins had been charged with two counts of delivery, based on transactions that purportedly occurred last April and May at his home on Kiona Road.

Meagher went to a judge a week ago Friday and got the case dismissed. It’s dismissed without prejudice, meaning if someday the informant is reliable again, the charges can be refiled, Meagher said.

Meagher said the informant was arrested for harassment, but he likely won’t be filing a charge against him.

The operation that included some 25 law enforcement personnel and was coordinated by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Regional Task Force included 14 undercover “buys” conducted by the same person, according to authorities.

The informant’s contact information in court documents is listed as sheriff’s detective Jeffrey Humphrey who remains on paid administrative leave after getting arrested earlier this month for driving under the influence in Chehalis. Two weeks ago, Meagher said only “maybe” as to whether Humphrey’s situation would affect Mullins’ case.

The other six individuals have all made plea deals, with three of them already sentenced for possession. Three of them have not yet been sentenced.

The June law enforcement action was named after the Big Bottom Valley some 50 miles east of Interstate 5 in which it took place.
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For background, read “Seven charged for dealing meth in Randle” from Tuesday June 11, 2013, here

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21 Responses to “Prosecutor: Big Bottom bust informant not reliable”

  1. twisted says:

    Seems maybe humphries is to blame because he knew the informant was not reliable from the day he hired him to do so called controlled buys he new he was just released from western state mental hospital yet he went ahead with it knowing it didn’t matter because 9 times out of 10 all their after are plea bargains thats a conviction and thats all he is concerned with it dont matter to him that it was wrong on his part right from the start ya thats the one I want protecting and serving my family and if thats the way they do it here in lewis co im not so sure I want to raise my kids here when I was a teenager it was all good if you seen a cop cause he wasnt out to get you now we run from them even when were not in trouble bacause all their gonna do is find some reason to imprision us and they dont care h How they go about it

  2. bustybabe says:

    HEY HOW COME SHARON DIDNT WRITE ABOUT ANOTHER DEALER GETTING BUSTED TODAY? HIS NAMES ALAN YOUNG AND WAS BUSTED IN HIS GLENOMA TRAILER TODAY…THANK YOU,GOD!!!

  3. Larry Butler Fan says:

    “I was involved in the big burglary ring a decade ago where Marty Mullins was arrested and convicted, (IIRC) He is not a saint.”

    “Exactly which part of that statement are you disagreeing with?”

    I’m disagreeing that FMC is actually a former morton cop which his username suggests.

    I’m more inclined to think FMC is actually a snitch who provided false testimony and is now using subterfuge to not only make Mr. Mullens look bad, but to make the police look good.

    In this case, the inveigling doesn’t work.

  4. bastybabeisafake says:

    bustybabe is about as fake as you can be and still breath. i too have known marty my whole life and i know people he has stolen from. in her analogy i could say i knew someone convicted of murder but is innocent…simply because they didn’t murder me. she is about as believable as obama.

  5. Outlander says:

    Was the FMC confessing to being involved criminal activity?

  6. Free Air says:

    Your barking up the wrong tree; again.
    If I said something inaccurate, please provide the correction. I make mistakes too, so have at it. Lacking said correction just go back to attacking the posters on a personal level.
    Nothing like a distraction from fact.

    Which brings us to FMC’s comment:
    “I was involved in the big burglary ring a decade ago where Marty Mullins was arrested and convicted, (IIRC) He is not a saint.”

    Exactly which part of that statement are you disagreeing with? That he worked for the Morton Police Dept., he was arrested, or that Mr. Mullins is not a saint?

    Just asking..

  7. Larry Butler Fan says:

    Well, I know for a fact that Former Morton Cop is not a former Morton cop because I just did a Google search and found nothing about him doing ANY kind of police work at all.

    Sounds to me like Free Air is just trying to aggravate the system by creating false names, making comments, and then using a different name to validate said comments.

    Former Morton Cop doesn’t know shit. He/She is most likely a meth-head informant who set up innocent people!

  8. Free Air says:

    I like looking up answers.
    When I did a public records search through instantcheckmate.com I found enough to say “Former Morton Cop” is not making anything up.
    It may be libel to post the specifics, so I’ll pass even though it is public records.
    Do your own search and see who you end up believing.

  9. bustybabe says:

    @THE FORMER MORTON COP,WHY DONT U JUST USE YOUR REAL NAME WHEN MAKING THE COMMENTS YOU MAKE? ARE U CHICKEN SHIT?I AM NOT A TWEAKER NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN IN JAIL(KNOCK ON WOOD),BUT I HAVE KNOWN MARTY FOR YRS AND HES NEVER STOLEN FROM ME NOR DO I EVER THINK HES GGOT STOLEN SHIT ON HIS PROPERTY!MARTY IS A KIND,AWESOME,AND BIG HEARTED MAN..SO @MORTON COP ,SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!!

  10. ALITTLEBADLUCKFORLCSO says:

    Rabbit, what you say is the awful truth. There are very, very many people who have been victimized by L.C. law enforcement all the way through the judicial system. The circumstances involved in some of these cases are heartless, senseless acts. And every agency involved knows the truth, but they back each other. The true victims, and the citizens that try to help them all become victims of law enforcemt and the judicial system and cant do a damn thing about it. If only everyone could bring out the truth. People would see and the awful injustice would stop. But how can that ever happen?

  11. rabbit says:

    After hearing about the big bottom bust being a bust, i wonder how many times the probable cause issue has passed through the judges hands. and maybe our problems with the corruption in this county is deeper than the foul cops running the streets and working in house at lewis county jail. the DUI bust.not to mention the officer who was let go at jail for sexual misconduct with a inmate. If i’m not mistaken the man in charge of lewis countys finest was once brought under a (brief) investigation for alleged kidnapping (to which he addmitted to but was never charged) So who knows… maybe we should keep our eyes on not just one officer, but the whole judicial system here in lewis county,

  12. to the former morton police officer that commented on a pryor burglary when you served the search warrant there was no stolen property found at my residence just like there was no drugs or anything pertaining to distribution of but the truth is you guy’s play dirty pool and you damn well know it why do you think 7 others took plea bargains on this because you hold so much over their heads and force them to take deals or become your informants. i’ve lived here for 48 years and theres not one person that can say i’ve ever stole from them done them wrong or anything other than go out of my way to help if i could, and no mater where i go they know when i leave i leave with what i had when i got there every time ya see i was brought up under the old school rules and i value who i am the things i do for others i do because it makes me feel good to be able to help someone out not because i expect something in return so the next time a cop says hey i’ll over look this if you’ll give me a name or work for him might want to re-evaluate your belief window. cause that’s not what i was raised to believe in.

  13. Free Air says:

    Just guessing, but I think he’s regretting that someone who has done prison time for theft and drugs is once again back on the streets and back in the business.

  14. Larry Butler Fan says:

    So, since Mr. Mullens is “not a saint” it’s okay to break the law to put him in jail?

    Wow.

  15. Former Morton Cop... says:

    I was involved in the big burglary ring a decade ago where Marty Mullins was arrested and convicted, (IIRC) He is not a saint.

  16. lewiscountysocietysucks says:

    Hurray, hats off to Marty Mullins for sticking it out and fighting this Bull Shit. and Hats off to the Stater that arrested the officer in charge of Confidential Informants. Perhaps Himphrey’s should apply for a job that he can be good at, obviously he is not very good with the follow through concerning snitches he has employed, or maybe he should, along with the others try doing their own jobs, after all they are the ones getting the pay check. What was said by the prosecutor in the court room was “since crimes were committed by both parties, it would not be beneficial to continue with the charges against Mr. Mullins” The others arrested that took a plea, maybe should have stuck it out also! Congrats Marty and thank you Humphrey’s for a job not done well…..

  17. It would be very informative to know exactly how much this episode cost Lewis County. That would include all costs. Officers salaries, benefits, operations costs, court time, assistants salaries, The use of informants obviously has it’s place however aiming for much larger fish might be more beneficial and much cheaper for the county. Especially since it is one of the poorer counties with few resources for dealing with the problem other than the county jail with hopes of having the state DOC absorb the ultimate cost.
    Or perhaps even developing alternative solutions to the drug probem. The drug war is very expensive.

  18. sunshinegirl says:

    Well BustyBabe , maybe you should sign up for that C.I. job they pay apparently or at least complain to the motel owner. When tweekers started hangin where I live I complained to the landlord and stopped that shit. The cops can’t be everywhere. Call it in. Maybe if they didn’t have to depend on the rats to rat each other out they could clean up a little better. If that is the motel I’m thinking it is probably the managers involved but the owner might like to know. Speak out.

  19. bustybabe says:

    I HAVE TO ASK A ? WHY IS 1 OF THE BUSTED DEALERS WHO HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO A ,GET THIS TOUGH SENTENCE’,A WHOPPING 6 MONTH’S HOUSE ARREST AND 2 YRS PROBATION,STILL DEALING DRUGS AGAIN? THIS TIME OUT OF A PACKWOOD MOTEL?

  20. Ridge says:

    Let’s see, they used a meth freak that they paid money to, to buy dope, but they did not monitor the buy (they took his word for it) and they believed what he said because we all know meth freaks never lie. How did this application for the warrant slip by the judge? Shouldn’t the prosecutor have said they need more evidence than just the unsupervised word of another meth freak that was getting PAID to finger people? I see no “probable cause” here. That officer had to swear on oath to the judge that they had hard evidence that a crime had been or was being committed. The word of a meth freak is notoriously unreliable and it alone without collaborating evidence would not be enough for “probable Cause” which is the standard to obtain a search and arrest warrant and is a much higher standard than just “reasonable suspicion”. Somebody in the prosecutors office and the Sheriff’s office dropped the ball here which cost this county a whole lot of money and has possibly opened it up to lawsuits. Not to mention putting people’s lives at risk (both law enforcement and subjects). Oh BTW, the reason I know the informant was unsupervised is, if he was supervised (marked money etc.), they would have had collaborating evidence and would not have dropped the charges.

  21. red says:

    Is this the “BIG” bust plastered all over the front page of the Chronical showing Lewis County Sheriff’s Dept’s Big Guns going into the city with Tanks and Swat?? If so, truely a HUGE WASTE OF MONEY!!!!$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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