Four arrested after six-month drug probe

City police and other agencies wrapped up an investigation today wit early morning arrests

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WALLA WALLA -- Four area residents, including one youth, were arrested this morning on drug-related warrants following a six-month investigation by the Walla Walla Police Department and other agencies, authorities said.

The city's Emergency Services Unit, a SWAT-like response team, carried out the arrests early this morning at a home in the 100 block of North Touchet Street and at a residence in the 300 block of East Pine Street, according to a news release.

The warrants were issued in connection with delivery of methamphetamine and prescription drugs.

The operation began about 6:20 a.m. today, when the team members forced entry into the Touchet Street residence. The team reported no injuries to themselves or anyone else at the apartment building.

Arrested were Alex Dean McLaughlin, 50, on suspicion of unlawful delivery of morphine and hydrocodone, and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop, according to the news release.

Also arrested was Marguerite May Olsen, 49, on suspicion of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop. All are felony charges.

A 13-year-old boy was detained on a Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice warrant for probation violations.

Arrested at the Pine Street address was Michael A. Olson, 47, on suspicion of unlawful delivery of hydrocodone and delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop.

Detectives from the Special Teams Unit were reportedly searching the residences for illegal controlled substances.

Assisting in the serving of the warrants were officers of the Department of Corrections and the Southeast Washington Narcotics Team. The Emergency Services Unit is made up of law enforcement officers from the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Department, the city's Police Department and a SWAT Medic from the Walla Walla Fire Department, according to the release.

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