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'This is what drug dealers look like': Pair busted with meth, guns, cash, body armor

Photo from Bremerton police shows guns and body armor seized from the suspects.

BREMERTON, Wash. - A man and woman are behind bars Friday after officers seized methamphetamine, firearms, cash and bullet-proof body armor from their residence in Bremerton, police said.

The bust followed a cooperative investigation involving Bremerton and Poulsbo law enforcement, Bremerton Police Chief Steven D. Strachan said Friday.

Detectives conducted a series of controlled buys from a suspect, then executed a search warrant at an apartment at 610 Washington Ave.

The warrant resulted in the seizure of 137 grams of meth, four firearms including a sawed-off shotgun, bullet-proof body armor, a vehicle and $688 in cash, Strachan said.

A man and woman were arrested and jailed on suspicion of felony drug offenses. The 38-year-old male suspect is a convicted felon, and police are recommending an additional charge against him of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Chief Strachan said the bust shows that not all drug offenders are nonviolent.

"Everyone keeps talking about nonviolent drug offenders, but this is what drug dealers often look like - a convicted felon with a ballistic vest and four firearms," Strachan said. "We need to work together to get these violent and dangerous people out of our community, and keep them locked up."

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