Pot charges added for man awaiting hate crime trial

482 plants, Hitler photos found

PORT ANGELES — A Clallam Bay man, awaiting a March 8 felony hate-crime trial for allegedly yelling racial slurs and throwing eggs last June at Clallam County courthouse protesters, was charged last week with possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Investigators said they found a large pot “garden” at his West End home.

Along with 482 marijuana plants on the Hoko-Ozette Road parcel of Jeffrey Michael Dunn, 24, were a swastika flag and photos of Adolf Hitler.

That’s according to the probable cause statement written by State Patrol Detective Frank Black, who said the “indicia of white supremacy” were located in building interiors on Dunn’s property, both inside and outside house.

Dunn’s father, Jeffrey Wayne Dunn, 60, was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana as an accomplice.

“I was later advised that Jeffrey Michael Dunn was somewhat confrontational and verbal, while speaking about minority members of the WSP entry unity,” Black said.

The name of the Dunns’ “friendly Labrador-mix dog” was a racial slur, he said.

According to the Clallam County Superior Court filing, that slur was the same name that Dunn, 24, allegedly shouted at Black Lives Matter protesters at the county courthouse on June 13 while driving past them in his Ford F150 pickup truck, hurling eggs and racial and homophobic epithets.

The new Class B felony charges were filed Thursday.

The Dunns were not arrested. They were issued summonses Thursday to make preliminary appearances at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5.

Each charge includes a special allegation of being armed with a firearm during the commission of the offense.

“During security sweeps, multiple firearms were located strewn throughout the building interiors; high-powered rifles with scopes were found staged next to upper-level windows,” Black said.

“Marijuana plants were found growing under grow lights in all building interiors. Hundreds of growing marijuana plants surrounded the residence buildings, just outside the tree line.”

Jeffrey Michael Dunn was charged June 19 with a felony hate crime with a special allegation of lack of remorse and four counts of gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

All five victims are women. Four were hit with eggs, one in the neck.

Dunn committed the hate crime “because of his perception of the victim’s race, color, and/or ancestry” contrary to state law, according to the charge.

According to that probable cause statement, he was photographed and videotaped June 18 throwing the eggs at protesters and was heard yelling the slurs.

“Dunn denied targeting any particular group or person at the protest,” according to his interview with Port Angeles Police Officer Swift Sanchez.

During the interview, Dunn admitted shouting the slurs, according to her probable cause statement.

One witness heard him yelling that “dark-skinned [people] don’t belong on our streets,” using profanity to describe them, according to the statement.

“This witness saw an African American family gathered at the front of the group who seemed to be the target of Dunn’s racial slurs,” Sanchez said.

Following the incident, he used a witness’ photo of him throwing eggs from his vehicle as his Facebook profile, adding the nickname, “that egger guy.”

“Dunn admitted to seeing people of color to include African Americans at the protest,” Sanchez said in her report.

Authorities learned of the Dunns’ grow operation from a Clallam Bay resident five months earlier, who reported in January 2020 that the Dunns were growing and distributing marijuana at their residence.

Black obtained Clallam County Public Utility District electricity-usage records from December 2016 to June 2020 for the residence, which Dunn’s father quit-claimed to his son.

“The usage is consistent with portions of the residence being converted to a marijuana grow,” Black said.

Black flew over the property in July and observed multiple marijuana plants surrounding the residence, he said.

The sheriff’s office raided Dunn’s house 10 years ago as a “marijuana growing facility,” confiscating about 100 plants, but did not file charges because the Dunns said it was being grown for medical purposes, Black said.

“The marijuana plants were eradicated and the Dunns were warned,” he said.

A search warrant was served July 22 on the property.

Authorities seized 172 plants from inside the building, 310 plants from the surrounding property and two small bags of processed marijuana.

The Dunns’ firearms were confiscated.

“I advised [Jeffrey Wayne Dunn] we were taking those as they were specifically staged to protect the grow,” Black said.

“He stated they were staged to protect against burglars.

“I advised that his entire property was a marijuana garden, therefore those firearms considered staged for protection were being seized as evidence. He agreed.”

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at pgottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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