MOSES LAKE - The Moses Lake Police Department raided a home in Cascade Valley suspected of containing drugs and stolen guns, throwing flash bangs and breaking windows to reach subjects hiding inside.
Andrew Gilbert, 38, was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of possession of a stolen firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, and three counts of possession of drugs with intent to deliver.
Police arrived on the scene around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night in full body armor and stationed themselves behind an armored truck, declaring their presence over a loud speaker and demanding anyone inside the house reveal themselves. The warrant was obtained as part of an investigation into the theft and trafficking of stolen firearms, along with drug sales at the residence on Stanley Road, according to a press release. Due to the situation, the warrant was served by officers of the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team.
When the team arrived, Gilbert allegedly tried to flee on foot and was seen by surveillance teams residence throw a stolen gun into the bushes as he fled. Realizing he was surrounded by armed officers and K9 units, Gilbert reportedly gave himself up and was taken into custody without incident.
Gilbert had over $6,000 cash on him when arrested, according to police. The stolen gun was located.
While searching the residence, officers recovered another firearm. Gilbert, a convicted felon, is not eligible to possess firearms. Officers also reportedly found evidence that firearms were being illegally modified at the residence, locating a sawed off shotgun barrel among other things.
Additionally, officers located both methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms packaged for sale, as well as a large quantity of illegal marijuana.
Grant County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the service of this search warrant.