Seven people were arrested Wednesday in a raid on a heroin den in Parkland where 22 people live, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
The home in the 2000 block of 150th Street East is a notorious drug house known as the “Trap House,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Thursday.
More than 100 calls for service have been placed at the house in the past three years. In two raids in September and December, 12 people were arrested at the home, Troyer said.
The 2,100-square-foot home, built in 1974, has a garage that was turned into living space.
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“Almost every space in the residence is used for living space,” Troyer said. “The house is littered with uncapped syringes, heroin paraphernalia and dog feces.”
On Wednesday, deputies arrived about 6 a.m. to serve a search warrant and found 22 people and three pit bulls in the home, Troyer said.
Three of the residents tried to flee out the back door.
Of the seven arrested, six were arrested on outstanding warrants. One is charged with giving a false name to deputies, and one was charged with unlawful possession of heroin found in her room.
The homeowner’s 26-year-old son, the seventh person, was booked for unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.
The son had baggies, heroin, foil, a scale and used syringes in his room, according to Superior Court charging documents.
He admitted to deputies that he and many other residents of the home were addicted to heroin, but he denied selling it, according to the documents.
Prosecutors might file additional charges against the man, who was released from jail on personal recognizance.
Troyer said the Sheriff’s Department is working with other county agencies to either seize the home, which is a civil process, or to get those responsible for the house to clean it up.
“If someone were to get an attorney” to fight the seizure, Troyer said, “that could take years.”
Multiple county agencies were contacted to follow up on code violations at the home after Wednesday’s raid, and Animal Control impounded the three dogs.