On Wednesday, March 2nd, OPNET Detectives arrested 33-year-old Sequim resident Marie J. Haller for Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Buprenorphine) and Introducing Contraband in the 2nd Degree.
In November of 2021, Department of Corrections (DOC) Investigations Officers contacted OPNET regarding contraband that was mailed into the Women’s Correctional Center for Women (WCCW), in Gig Harbor, Washington. Mail to two separate inmates had been intercepted by DOC staff and were suspected to contain Suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance.
Lab tests confirmed the substances from both mail pieces contained Buprenorphine, the opioid contained in Suboxone. OPNET conducted further investigation, including interviews with inmates and found probable cause that Haller committed the crimes of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Introducing Contraband in the 2nd Degree, both Class C felonies. Haller was arrested without incident in Port Angeles, interviewed, and was booked into the Clallam County Jail.
OPNET has developed a strong working relationship with DOC’s Investigation and Intelligence Unit. The intelligence sharing that occurs due to this relationship has proven its value in this and many other cases.
Haller’s name is not new to OPNET, as she was previously arrested by OPNET and partner agencies during the “Operation Spring Cleaning” warrant round up in May of 2019. During that round up, OPNET and partner agencies located a wanted male at the apartment of Haller, who herself was also the subject of an OPNET investigation into sale of controlled substances. After the wanted subject fled out a window and was apprehended, law enforcement located heroin, methamphetamine, and scales in his backpack. OPNET then obtained a search warrant for Haller’s apartment. The execution of that warrant resulted in the seizure of 474 grams of heroin, 83.79 grams of methamphetamine, and $13,325.00 in cash, as well as scales and paraphernalia.
Following that arrest, a subsequent search warrant for Haller’s vehicle yielded 43.4 grams of methamphetamine, 31 grams of heroin, and a digital scale.
Haller was arrested by OPNET again in September of 2019 at her apartment on Penn Street. That arrest yielded 10 grams of methamphetamine and another digital scale.
The Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team (OPNET) is a multi-agency team dedicated to the enforcement of narcotics laws in Clallam County and Jefferson County. Agencies dedicating investigators to the team include the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office, Port Angeles Police Department, Sequim Police Department, United States Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, and Port Townsend Police Department.
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