LONG BEACH — A month-long Drug Task Force investigation culminated with the Sept. 25 arrest of Benjamin James Steven Campbell, 23, who is suspected of selling heroin in a designated school bus stop zone.
According to an Oct. 1 Pacific County Sheriff’s Office press release, members of the Task Force worked with a confidential informant to build a case against Campbell, after learning of his alleged heroin-dealing operation.
A police officer’s statement, obtained through a public disclosure request, says that Task Force officers observed as Campbell sold heroin to an informant on three occasions. Those transactions gave the Task Force probable cause for a narcotics-related search warrant.
Officers from PCSO, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Long Beach Police served the warrant on Campbell’s home in the 1600 block of Oregon Street North on Sept. 25. Long Beach Police officers arrested Campbell during a related traffic stop the same day, the press release said.
While searching Campbell’s home, officers found paraphernalia and packing materials that are commonly used in drug dealing operations, including digital scales, small plastic baggies, and a powdery substance believed to be a cutting agent. Police also discovered three marijuana plants, a loaded assault rifle and a loaded shotgun, but no heroin.
At the time of arrest, Campbell had about $1,800 in cash in his pocket, as well as a piece of residue-covered tin foil, and a pair of “brass knuckles,” which are illegal in Washington. Police seized the money, saying they believed it to be proceeds from his alleged drug-dealing operation.
According to the officer’s statement, Campbell “initially denied selling heroin, but eventually admitted that he had been selling heroin. He stated that he quit selling approximately two weeks ago.”
Campbell was transported to the Pacific County Jail and booked on charges of three counts of delivery of heroin, as well as manufacturing marijuana, possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Campbell is being held on 75,000 bail.
The alleged controlled heroin deals all occurred within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop zone, so if he is convicted of the drug dealing charges, he could receive an “enhanced” sentence.
A PCSO spokesperson could not be reached for comment on Thursday. The story will be updated with additional details as they emerge.