Large cache of drugs seized in Mae Valley Tuesday

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By EMRY DINMAN

Staff Writer

MOSES LAKE - A Moses Lake woman who is related to the man who shot at federal agents during a regional drug raid July 16 was arrested and found in possession of $42,000 worth of heroin by the Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team in the Mae Valley-area on Tuesday, according to a press release.

Two search warrants were served in the Mae Valley area by INET Tuesday, first at the home of Jona Zeigler, 48, of Moses Lake, in the 2400 block of Road 4-Northeast. Zeigler was arrested after he was reportedly found in possession of 15 ounces of heroin, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The second warrant was served at the 2400 block of Road E.5-Northeast, where Patrick Pearson, 47, of Moses Lake, allegedly shot at federal agents during a multi-agency drug raid that swept up 16 people last month. Two agents were reportedly injured by shrapnel and Pearson suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head during that exchange, according to the sheriff’s office.

Pearson is Zeigler’s brother. The raid on Pearson’s home was for civil asset forfeiture; seeking any property that law enforcement determines could only have been acquired by illegal means or as fruits of Zeigler’s alleged crimes, according to the sheriff’s office.

Zeigler was booked on charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver.

Emry Dinman can be reached via email at edinman@columbiabasinherald.com

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