Alcoholics Anonymous host allegedly sold drugs at meetings
SEATTLE -- The owner of a South Seattle nonprofit club that regularly hosted Alcoholics Anonymous meetings was arrested Monday night for allegedly selling oxycodone before and after meetings.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, someone told the Seattle Police Department in November that Nomadian Community Resource Center owner Michael Shepard was dealing illegal drugs.
"We took a closer look and realized what we had here was a pretty significant drug operation," said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb with the Seattle Police Department.
Shepard, 64, turned the club at 4267 S. Orcas St. into a hub for prescription drug dealing, selling only to people who became members of the club in order to avoid law-enforcement detection, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Shepard sold drugs to someone working with law enforcement five times in January and February. Some of those sales were reportedly monitored or witnesses by undercover officers.
Court documents say Shepard sold the pills in between meetings.
"It's like, 'Show-up early, stay late and get your drugs, and in-between if you want to learn a little more about AA, we can talk about that too,'" Whitcomb said.
Shepard was arrested Monday, and officers found prescription narcotics and two guns inside the Nomadian Community Resource Center, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Shepard could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if found guilty of selling oxycodone