Targeted Patrol Successful

Targeted Patrol Successful

Patrolling an area that has seen an increase in reported criminal activity, Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Louis Acosta contacted and arrested 28-year-old Andrew J. Koffel for warrants and possession of heroin.

On October 25th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., Deputy Acosta was providing additional patrols in the area of East 2nd Avenue and Custer Road due to an increase in reported drug activity, vehicle thefts and recovered stolen vehicles.  He observed a male leaving a residence in the 4600 block of East 2nd Avenue where he had recently received information regarding an unusual amount of people coming and going during all hours of the evening.

Deputy Acosta contacted the male, later identified as 28-year-old Andrew J. Koffel, explained why he was being contacted and asked Koffel  if he would talk to him.  Koffel agreed and verbally identified himself.  Deputy Acosta checked Koffel’s name with dispatch and learned Koffel had two confirmed felony warrants for his arrest.  After his arrest, Koffel stated he had heroin in the coin pocket of his jeans.  Deputy Acosta searched Koffel and located a small black container with a brown tar like substance inside.  The substance was field tested and showed a positive presumptive result for heroin.
Koffel was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for the two warrants and a new felony charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Heroin.

He is currently being held for two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 1st Degree, two counts of Possession of Stolen Property 2ndDegree and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

This is a great example of how information and tips from our citizens is used to adjust patrols and be more effective as we address criminal activity and keep our community safe.

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

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