Three arrested in Walla Walla heroin bust

Police say Tyler R. Richards and Anastasia Boykova have been dealing drugs from a Whitman Street residence for months.

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WALLA WALLA -- A local man and woman were arrested Thursday on suspicion of dealing heroin from a residence a short distance from an elementary school, authorities said.

The arrests of Tyler R. Richards, 24, and Anastasia I. Boykova, 22, followed several weeks of investigation by the Walla Walla Police Department's drug detectives and Special Teams Unit, according to a police news release.

Richards and Boykova, residents of 318 Whitman St., No. 2, were booked into Walla Walla County Jail on suspicion of unlawful delivery of heroin and delivery within 1,000 feet of a school. The apartment is about two blocks from Sharpstein Elementary.

A search of the home Thursday also resulted in the arrest of a woman who was in the residence at the time.

As detectives served a search warrant, they encountered Kathrin L. Griffith, 23, inside the home. Griffith was booked into jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, after officers allegedly discovered a syringe with suspected heroin in it inside her purse, according to the news release.

In the residence, detectives reportedly recovered small amounts of heroin, about seven syringes "loaded" with suspected heroin, 800 new syringes and more than 500 used ones, according to the news release. Other items recovered included a small electronic scale and pill bottles with suspected heroin residue. Detectives believe Richards and Boykova had been dealing drugs from the apartment for several months.

County records show the property is owned by Marco Antonio and Rita Soto Pio, who were reportedly notified of the suspected activity and subsequent search.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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