Firearms investigation lands white supremacist in jail



Posted on February 22, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 11:23 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police have arrested one man and released  three others who were detained following a raid at a Spokane house. Officers released the three people who were detained. They arrested Kevin Chastain.

Chastain, is a known member of the white supremacist movement and a convicted felon. Spokane Police say Chastain's home had an indoor firing range and advanced surveillance equipment inside.

Chief Frank Straub says the department and the SWAT team knew what they were up against.

"They knew firearms would be present, in fact, they knew at least one of the individuals who lived in that house had his own firing range."

Spokane officers, along with members of the SWAT Team and other units served a warrant to a home on South Haven Friday morning following an investigation into illegal firearms. Detectives say informants led them to this house.

A neighbor, Ken King, said he was woken up by the situation at his neighbors.

"I was getting ready to take my son to school and they had this road here blocked off. Cops were coming down the road. I looked up the street and just massive cops everywhere."

King also says the house had everyone living in fear.

Police say they found several illegal guns, drugs appearing to be meth and about $200,000 worth of stolen cell phone equipment in the house, and counterfeit money, all of which reportedly belonged to a convicted felon.

The Spokane Police Department adds other people involved in this investigation are confirmed gang members, but that does not necessarily apply to the people that were questioned.

Chief Straub says he hopes criminals are taking in the department's message.

"We are going out and we will be relentless in pursuing these types of individuals who threaten our children our neighborhoods. We will not tolerate this type of activity."

Libby Center on East 1st modified its routine for the police activity. The school tells KREM 2 it shut down several entrances near the house. Students used other doors to enter the building, but school was otherwise in session as normal.