SVIU & SWAT Address Nuisance House


SVIU & SWAT Address Nuisance House


Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives assisted by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team served a search warrant early this morning at a residence located in the 4500 block of E. 2nd Avenue in Spokane Valley.  The search warrant resulted in 4 arrests and over 20 people located and detained inside the residence.

This residence has been connected to 33 law enforcement calls for service related to drugs, stolen vehicle recoveries, suspicious vehicles/persons, theft and prostitution since January of this year.  To date, 7 suspects have been arrested for various crimes at or leaving this residence. These arrests include possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, providing false statements and several warrant arrests including escape from community custody.

Investigators, assisted by information provided by patrol deputies, developed probable cause to arrest the homeowner, 52-year-old Charles D. Douvia, for Unlawful Use of Building for Drug Purposes and his roommate, 54-year-old Tracy L. Thornton, for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin/Methamphetamine and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon as a result of the months long investigation.

Douvia has one previous felony conviction for drugs and Thornton is a 15-time convicted felon with charges including drugs, possession of stolen property, attempted assault 2nd and reckless endangerment.

Both Douvia and Thornton were booked into the Spokane County Jail for the listed charges.

Also arrested:

·         39-year-old Deanne L. Nordstrom for a confirmed Washington State Department of Corrections felony warrant for Escape Community Custody.

·         50-year-old Timothy R. Jackson for a misdemeanor warrant.

·         24-year-old Peter F. Heinen for a misdemeanor warrant.

Investigators located heroin, methamphetamine, and $1,886 in cash, a small caliber handgun and a large amount of used hypodermic needles inside the residence.  This investigation continues as detectives conduct interviews and process evidence located this morning.  Spokane Valley Patrol Deputies will continue additional patrols in the area to address the constant criminal acts associated with this residence as they work to provide peace and safety to the citizens living in the area.

Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer

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