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The house stood out in the Puyallup neighborhood, but not in a good way.
Trash and debris piled up in the backyard. People came and went at all hours of the day. A security system set up inside helped the residents keep their drug operation somewhat protected. Neighbors became annoyed, and then concerned.
Police took note of the activity and started a two-month undercover investigation into the home in the 800 block of 4th Street Northeast.
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Several officers were able to buy methamphetamine from people living in the home before getting a warrant to search the premises, according to the department.
Early Tuesday, a SWAT team helped serve a warrant there and arrested five people were arrested on suspicion of drug charges, including unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Booked into jail were two men aged 37 and 63 and three women aged 30, 53 and 63.
While searching the house, police said they found meth, a handgun and various drug paraphernalia.
Puerce County prosecutors will review the case and decide whether to file criminal charges.
The “deplorable conditions” of the house prompted the city to declare the home unfit for use, Capt. Scott Engle said.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653