Seattle police: Trigger-happy drug dealer found with stash of firearms

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SEATTLE - Officers discovered a cache of firearms after arresting a suspected drug dealer Saturday who had allegedly shot one of his customers in the hand in Northwest Seattle, police said.

Detective Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police says the incident began Thursday when a man reported he had been shot in the hand while attempting to buy narcotics in Mineral Springs Park. The suspect fled the park before officers arrived.

The victim worked with officers, enabling them to identify the suspect who is known to carry guns in the park while selling narcotics, Michaud said.

On Saturday afternoon, investigators tracked down the 22-year-old suspect and arrested him at North 105th Street and Aurora Avenue North for investigation of drug charges.

Officers searched the man’s car and recovered three loaded firearms - a Glock 10mm, Smith and Wesson .45, and a Springfield .45 - as well as 5.6 grams of heroin, Michaud said.

Officers also searched a nearby storage locker and recovered an AK-47, AR-15, and a 22LR handgun.

Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of drug violations with firearms enhancements. Officers will now work with the King County Prosecutor’s office on any other possible charges.

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