Police: Man was selling drugs, guns from parents' basement

Police: Man was selling drugs, guns from parents' basement
SEATTLE -- A Magnolia couple got an unwelcome surprise Tuesday morning when a swarm of police and federal law enforcement agents informed them their live-in 26-year-old son and his 34-year-old friend were running guns and heroin out of their basement.

Seattle police were tipped off on Saturday about two men selling an arsenal of assault weapons, shotguns, body armor, and homemade silencers in the basement of a home in the 2800 block of 25th Avenue West, which overlooks the Interbay Golf Course.

Undercover police, with help from federal officials, later made contact with the men, who allegedly offered to sell the officers an MP5 submachine gun. On Monday, the officers met up with the pair and bought several grams of heroin and what they believed to be an MP5. They later learned the gun was actually a .22 rifle decked out to look like an MP5, according to police.

On Tuesday morning, agents from the DEA and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined a Seattle SWAT team to serve a warrant at the Magnolia home.

Police arrested the 34-year-old friend for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The homeowners' 26-year-old son was interviewed and released at the scene while police continue to investigate.

The homeowner, who we'll call "Sally" because she wants to remain anonymous, said she had no idea the guns or drugs were in her house.

"It was just shock," she said. "I woke up this morning more nervous and scared about it than I felt yesterday."

Sally said the 34-year-old man who was arrested Tuesday was a friend of her brothers who had fallen on hard times and had essentially moved in with the family two months ago.

She said no one invited the man to live with them and they tried to get him to leave.

"I did ask police if they could help get him out and they said it was a civil matter," she said.

Sally's 26-year-old son also does no want to be identified. He said he knew the house guest had guns, but denied having anything to do with selling them.

"When he first moved in here I didn't know about barely any of it," he said. "Eventually I did figure out about most of it."

Officers recovered two homemade bombs, three handguns and nine rifles at the home, along with body armor, ammunition, a small quantity of heroin, Seattle Police Department patches and a Pacific, Washington officer's badge.

Investigators don't believe the homeowners were aware of the alleged illegal activities happening in the basement.