High Priority Offender convicted on Drug charges | Pierce County Prosecutor

Michael Walter Wood, 56, identified as a High Priority Offender (HPO), has been convicted on four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm. Wood’s criminal history includes drug offenses, weapon offenses, as well as an assault and violation on a protection order.

Michael Walter Wood, 56, identified as a High Priority Offender (HPO), has been convicted on four counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a firearm. Wood’s criminal history includes drug offenses, weapon offenses, as well as an assault and violation on a protection order.

“A long criminal history equals a long sentence from our High Priority Offender team,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “Deputy Prosecutor Dione Hauger put together a strong case at trial.  It’s another victory for community safety.”

On or about December 21, 2015, officers served a search warrant on Wood’s car and residence after conducting an undercover narcotics investigation. Wood was detained as he exited his car. He stated that his room was in the back of the trailer and that the officers would find “everything” there. Wood told the officers they would find “meth, coke, and heroin” in his room. He also told the officers that he had an unloaded gun on his bed. The officers secured the residence and located a .357 caliber revolver on the bed. Officers also found 5 magazines for a Glock .40, three digital scales, ziplock baggies, $2,095 in cash, small 1 x 1 inch baggies, scissors with black residue, approximately 332 grams of methamphetamine, 98 grams of heroin, 11 grams of cocaine, 180 tramadol pills and 61 hydrocodone pills. The street value is more than $25,000.

Investigators located 3 school bus stops within 1,000 feet of where the drugs were found. Wood’s criminal history includes 13 felony convictions including a conviction for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm.

The High Priority Offender Program uses data, technology and intel to identify and target the small percentage of offenders who are causing a large percentage of crimes.  The goal is to reduce crime by focusing resources on chronic offenders.

Wood faces up to 42 years in prison.  Sentencing is set for September 16, 2016.

 

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