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Police search Moses Lake neighborhood for federal fugitive

by CHARLES H. FEATHERSTONE
Staff Writer | December 20, 2020 4:00 PM

MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake Police officers and Grant County Sheriff’s deputies spent several hours Friday afternoon searching but failing to find a wanted federal fugitive.

As of Sunday evening, police still hadn't found Jeremy J. Gilbert, 33, of Moses Lake.

Gilbert, who was arrested in late August after ramming a GCSO vehicle and leading deputies on a chase, was indicted on Nov. 3 by a federal grand jury in Spokane of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possessing “with the intent to distribute” at least 50 grams of methamphetamine.

According to MLPD Capt. Dave Sands, someone called the MLPD and reported seeing Gilbert in the neighborhood. Officers responded and initiated pursuit, including bringing a police dog to the search, according to one MLPD officer at the scene.

Sands said officers were searching several blocks near the intersection of Skyline Drive and East Hill Avenue Friday.

“Officers are out there trying to figure out if they can find him or not,” Sands said late Friday. “They are still looking for him, though I don’t know for how much longer.”

If caught and convicted, Gilbert faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and/or a possible $250,000 fine on the firearms charge, and a maximum of 40 years in prison and/or $5 million fine for the possession with intent to distribute charge.

Those with information on Gilbert can call dispatch at 509-762-1160.

Charles H. Featherstone can be reached at cfeatherstone@columbiabasinherald.com