SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane police are giving credit to neighbors after they arrested seven people in a drug bust.
A homeowner and six others were taken into custody in the Indian Trail neighborhood in northwest Spokane Thursday night. Police arrested Michael J. Culbreath, Marcy N. Pratt, Mordekye A. Layman, Lori L. Warren, Misty E. Hall, Walter E. Pritchett and Kelly J. Trevino at a house along North Seminole.
Four of the suspects face charges related to methamphetamine. Officers said the Special Investigators Unit found and confiscated a small amount of meth while searching the home. Two of the suspects face charges for trying to escape through a ground floor side window.
When Pratt, the homeowner, faced the judge Friday, she said her house was drug and alcohol free. That's the opposite of what police say. An informant made a controlled meth purchase at this home, according to court documents.
Police say they dealt with Culbreath, Pratt's reported boyfriend, during that purchase. The home is owned by Pratt and her husband, but police say the husband is ill and does not live at the house. Court documents say Culbreath spends a great deal of time there, and both he and Pratt knew about the drugs and paraphernalia inside.
Pratt was booked into jail for allowing a building to be used for drug purposes. She was released on her own recognizance and does not have a recorded criminal history.
Culbreath has a record of harassment and unlawful imprisonment. His bail was set at $3,500.
Neighbors hope the arrests stop the problems, but some are skeptical.
“I’m glad they’re gone. I think they still have an awful lot of associates that are out there that could be predators,” one neighbor said. “It’s still worrisome. These people might still have connections."
Officers received a lengthy list of complaints from neighbors. Authorities stopped by the house ten times in the past six weeks. Police said neighbors called about suspicious people, arguments and weapons. Investigators learned the suspects were known to be armed during their investigation.