Trevor Hulley was arrested last week after police found an assortment of firearms in his Port Orchard home. Hulley, the lead mechanic for the Kitsap County Department of Public Works, allegedly had a collection of pistols, hunting rifles and rare handguns in his bedroom.
Detectives believe Hulley was operating a gun-running operation that sent thousands of firearms out of state. Hulley can't legally own any guns because he violated a domestic violence protection order three years ago.
Investigators say Hulley bragged to a co-worker that he had picked up $50,000 worth of guns and pocketed $20,000 from the transaction.
Police caught on to his alleged gun-running business after he reported his truck stolen from the county road shed. When deputies found the truck, they also found a handgun under the seat and began asking questions.
Detectives seized ammunition, methamphetamine and more than 20 firearms from Hulley's home. At least three of the guns were stolen from the Port Angeles area, and some may have come from other countries.
"He flew under the radar. Nobody from a law enforcement perspective really knew what was going on, but the people that he worked with certainly did," said Kitsap County Sheriff's deputy Scott Wilson.
While on the clock, deputies say Hulley showed off the guns to co-workers, but they believe he was the only county employee involved in the business.
The investigation is still underway, and detectives say they aren't sure who Hulley was shipping the guns to.
"Are they being transported for private sale to sportsmen for those purposes, or are they going to be used for some type of nefarious criminal activity? That's always the major concern," Wilson said.
The county's public works director said Hulley has worked for the department for 13 years. He's now on paid administrative leave and the department is doing its own internal investigation.