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Alleged meth dealer to stand trial in early September

An Orcas Island man accused of selling methamphetamine out of his Rosario-area home is slated to stand trial in early September on felony drug and weapons charges.

On July 27, David Atanas Andreev, 39, pleaded not guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, and to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class C felony. He was released three days after his arrest, pending a Sept. 5 trial date, on $75,000 bail.

Andreev was taken into custody June 13 after local deputies and detectives, backed by a search warrant and assisted by a Bellingham-based K-9 unit, descended on his Geisers Way home. Authorities seized cash, scales, packaging materials, firearms and drugs, including 24 grams of methamphetamine and eight ounces of packaged marijuana, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by the Sheriff's department.

The bundle of confiscated items include a .22-caliber rifle, a .32-caliber revolver and ammunition. Andreev, convicted in 2005 of first-degree possession of stolen property, is prohibited from possessing firearms as the result of that felony conviction.

According to the sheriff's department, the arrest was the culmination of a four-month investigation into suspicious activity in and around the Rosario-area home. That activity, such as a steady flow of vehicles at all hours of the day, many of which reportedly stayed for only a brief period, prompted numerous complaints to the sheriff's department and a meeting of concerned neighbors in late April that was attended, at the neighbors' request, by the county prosecuting attorney.

A Class B felony, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver carries maximum penalties of 5 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both; however the standard range of sentencing set by the state is 21-27 months for a first offense.

According to court documents, authorities believe that Andreev's alleged drug-dealing may have prompted a break-in and attempted armed robbery at his Geisers Way home in December 2013. Detectives suspect the defendant in that case, who has since pleaded guilty to attempted assault and burglary, believed Andreev would be in possession of a good deal of cash because of the alleged sale of illicit drugs.

— Scott Rasmussen

 

 

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