Forks man gets three years for methamphetamine possession

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Robert L. Kenney of Forks was sentenced last week to 40 months in state prison for possession with intent to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine.

Kenney, 45, was sentenced Sept. 3 in Clallam County Superior Court.

He pleaded guilty to the Class B felony in exchange for the dismissal of two other charges: delivery of methamphetamine and heroin possession.

The Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team, or OPNET, said Kenney sold methamphetamine to an agency informant in Forks in January, team supervisor Jason Viada said.

Kenney was arrested by Forks police June 26 for outstanding warrants and investigation of obstructing a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police account

According to the arrest narrative, Forks police were investigating a noise complaint when they spotted Kenney and a woman along a wooded trail.

A group of children had tipped police that Kenney and two women were smoking drugs and playing loud music in the woods.

When approached by police, Kenney picked up a red backpack and fled. He fell on the ground twice during a brief foot pursuit with Officer Donald Ponton, court papers said.

Police found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, 1 gram of heroin, 20 Lorazepam pills, 1.5 grams of marijuana, a scale, several zip baggies, syringes, a metal spoon, two knives, two wigs, a police scanner and several other items in the backpack.

Kenney was being held Wednesday at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

Other cases

Two men were sentenced for drug crimes investigated by OPNET, which covers Clallam and Jefferson counties. They are:

■ John D. Davis, 51, Sequim was sentenced Aug. 21 to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to two counts of delivery of methamphetamine.

OPNET officials said Davis sold the drug on four occasions in October 2012.

Two of the charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea, Viada said.

Davis was arrested at his home in the 300 block of River Road near Sequim on Jan. 24.

■ Christopher G. Kardonsky, 22, of Sequim was sentenced Aug. 22 to one year of probation after pleading guilty to delivery of oxycodone.

Kardonsky pleaded guilty to selling the drug to an OPNET informant Jan. 20.

Two others were arrested for investigation of crimes investigated by OPNET. They are:

■ Matthew M. Malcom, 23, of Port Angeles was arrested Aug. 19 by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office on a $5,000 felony warrant.

The warrant was issued in May after Malcom failed to obey a court order in connection with pending drug charges, court documents said.

OPNET officials said Malcom sold heroin in Port Angeles and methamphetamine in Sequim.

■ William J. Purkey, 29, of Port Angeles was arrested Aug. 19 by Port Angeles police on a $5,000 felony warrant.

The warrant was issued in January after Purkey failed to obey a court order in connection with pending drug charges, according to records.

Purkey was one of seven people arrested June 8, 2012, during an OPNET prescription drug investigation.

Last modified: September 11. 2013 5:42PM
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