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Meth Salesman Loses Job

Posted 6/4/2014 10:59 AM by MDGREGORY

On June 3rd, 2014, at about 6:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Howe responded to the area of Farr and Broadway to look for a suspicious person who had offered to sell the complainant methamphetamine. The complainant said the suspect was a white male, wearing a blue shirt, blue hat and blue jeans.

As Deputy Howe was driving north on Farr towards Broadway, he saw a white male walking towards him that fit the description of the suspect. The male, later identified as 46-year-old Gary Olive, looked at Deputy Howe and quickly changed his course, walked through a residential yard and towards a church playground.

Deputy Howe contacted Olive near the church. Olive told Deputy Howe he was walking to a friend’s house, became very confrontational and asked Deputy Howe why he was arresting him. Deputy Howe explained to Olive he was not under arrest and was unable to explain the circumstances to Olive because he was so belligerent and confrontational. This behavior led Deputy Howe to believe Olive was the individual trying to sell the complainant methamphetamine.

Due to Olive’s erratic behavior, Deputy Howe asked if he had any weapons. Olive told Deputy Howe he had a knife and reached towards his right hip and grabbed ahold of a leather carrier. Deputy Howe told Olive not to touch the knife and to place his hands on his head. Olive initially refused to obey Deputy Howe’s orders, then reluctantly placed his hands on his head.

Deputy Howe attempted to place Olive in handcuffs to safely continue his investigation. Olive became combative and attempted to get away from Deputy Howe. Deputy Howe requested assistance and once Deputy Darrin Powers arrived on scene, they were able to safely detain Olive.

After Olive was placed under arrest for Obstructing and Resisting Arrest, Deputy Powers located a small black nylon bag in Olive’s back pocket. This bag contained a white crystalline substance and a brown pasty substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin. A Gerber multi-tool with a two-inch knife was located in Olive’s front pocket. Olive told Deputy Howe he was trying to get away so he could throw his drugs.

• Olive was booked into jail for the charges of two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree Assault, Obstructing and Resisting Arrest.