The initial warrant was for a violation of a court order. When deputies entered the home, they discovered a significant amount of marijuana, most packaged for sale.
A “solidly-built” grow operation was on-site, however it appeared to be in-between harvests and no growing plants were found. Approximately 8 lbs of already packaged marijuana was confiscated, with street worth estimated over $30,000. Deputies also confiscated tens of thousands of dollars in cash, two vehicles, and numerous other items. One of the confiscated vehicles was a special edition 2013 Chevrolet Corvette with just 108 miles on the odometer.
Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson stated, “The evidence shows that the owners recently traded in another late model Corvette, and paid the new vehicle off in cash. We’re talking about a transaction of about $74,000 dollars not including sales tax. Deputies believe that a third vehicle that belongs at the residence, a newer special edition SUV, was purchased with cash as well. It was not at the residence at the time the warrant was served. I don’t know very many people that are unemployed that have two newer high-end cars and that much cash laying(sic) around. The person we arrested had no teeth. I heard him tell a Corrections Officer he couldn’t afford dentures…he obviously had no idea we had found his cash at that point”.
The Grays Harbor Drug Task Force is assisting with the investigation. “Our joint task force operating agreement has been invaluable to us in situations like this”, Johnson said “Besides the seizure of the vehicles, it is likely that a full seizure of the residence will occur as well”, he said.
57 year old Wayne Dean Bisterfelt was arrested for violation of an anti-harassment order. He was booked into the Pacific County Jail. It is anticipated that additional charges and forfeiture orders will be filed by the Pacific County Prosecutor’s Office the first of this week.