Traffic Stop Leads to the Seizure of 1.5 Pounds of Meth, 2 Ounces of Heroin, Several Pills and a MP 40 Submachine Gun
A traffic stop conducted by Spokane Valley Deputy Garrett Spencer led to the subsequent arrest of both occupants and eventually, this substantial seizure. With the assistance of Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives, this investigation resulted in the arrest of three suspects and the seizure of a large amount of Methamphetamine, Heroin, Pills and a MP 40 Submachine Gun.
On October 5, 2018, just prior to 5:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Deputy Spencer observed a malfunctioning brake light on a van while traveling west on Sprague near Pines. While stopped at the traffic light at Bowdish, the driver of the van, later identified as 36-year-old Nolan B. Reed, remained stopped for ten-twenty seconds after the light turned green. Deputy Spencer activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop and Reed turned north on Bowdish, pulled into a parking lot and stopped.
During the traffic stop, Reed was found to have a suspended driver’s license and was arrested. Reed’s passenger and owner of the vehicle, 28-year-old Kady L. McFeron, was questioned for not wearing her seatbelt and later arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.
As this investigation continued, SVIU Detectives were called to the scene to assist. Investigators learned 28-year-old Reann L. Tevlin, a 4-time convicted felon, was staying in a room at the Home Towne Studios and Suites, 12803 E. Sprague. A check of Tevlin’s name revealed an active Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) felony warrant.
With additional information gained during the investigation, SVIU Detective Jeff Thurman requested and was granted a search warrant for the room where Tevlin was staying. Deputies and SVIU Detectives executed the search warrant, contacting Tevlin and 7-time convicted felon, 38-year-old Jason E. Smith, inside the room.
In total, 1.5 pounds of Methamphetamine, 2 ounces of Heroin, several prescription pills and a MP 40 Submachine Gun were recovered. Two vehicles at the location associated with Tevlin and Smith were also seized.
After being advised of his rights, Smith stated he and Tevlin aren’t big drug dealers, they are just selling a little to make ends meet. He said a guy gave him the MP 40 the night before but he didn’t think it functioned. He knows, as a convicted felon, he’s not allowed to possess firearms so he planned to keep the MP 40 as an antique. Investigators examined the potentially fully automatic weapon and, although in poor shape, believe it would still cycle and fire.
Smith, Tevlin, and McFeron were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail. Reed faces charges of Driving while Suspended and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.
Smith was charged with 4 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine/Heroin/Alprazolam/Xanax), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 2nd Degree and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.
Tevlin was charged with 4 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Methamphetamine/Heroin/Alprazolam/Xanax) in addition to her Washington State DOC warrant.
McFeron was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges and/or arrests are possible.