PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles woman who turned herself in to authorities Tuesday may have grown tired of running, a law enforcement official said.
Stephanie Deon Dawkins, 32, was wanted since at least early this month for investigation of three charges related to allegedly leaving heroin and Fentanyl for her boyfriend, a Clallam County jail inmate, on the ground near a chain gang vehicle. The drugs were discovered May 13.
Dawkins will have her first appearance at 1 p.m. today in Superior Court for investigation of three charges of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance to the man, who was an inmate when the drugs were discovered but who has since been released and has not been charged as of Tuesday.
“We’ve been door-knocking every day, checking places where she had been or reported to have been, following up on tips,” Brian King, Clallam County chief criminal deputy, said Tuesday.
“I think it was just enough of the sheer number of people looking for her and the persistence of checking locations the she turned herself in.”
Dawkins lived near the Lower Elwha Klallam tribal reservation west of Port Angeles.
“We were checking residences in and around the Elwha reservation [Monday] and into the evening [Monday],” King said.
Dawkins turned herself in early Tuesday morning to community custody officers at the state Department of Corrections office in Armory Square on West First Street in Port Angeles.
King said a deputy picked her up at the DOC office. She was booked into the Clallam County jail without bond shortly after 9 a.m.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Steve Johnson will make a charging decision on Dawkins today, Michele Devlin, chief criminal deputy prosecuting attorney, said Tuesday in a text message.
Authorities began seeking the public’s assistance in apprehending Dawkins on June 6 after the drugs and chewing tobacco were discovered May 13 near the trailer, parked at the county shop at 1033 W. Lauridsen Blvd.
Dawkins allegedly tried supplying the inmate, Jason J. Roy, 47, with heroin and Fentanyl in a plan the two concocted while Roy was in jail on a felony bench warrant for violating sentencing conditions on a separate drug charge, according to court documents.
The third charge related to delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a designated school bus stop.
Roy was set to complete his sentence on the separate drug charge June 7, the same day $50,000 bail was set for him for investigation of the conspiracy charges.
Roy was released June 11 from a 72-hour hold after Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson determined he could not be held on the same conspiracy charges as Dawkins.
Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected].