Port Angeles man found asleep in running car with weapons, heroin, meth and cash, police say

Port Angeles man found asleep in running car with weapons, heroin, meth and cash, police say

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man faces a November trial after police said he was found sleeping in a running vehicle near a loaded AR-15-style assault rifle and other weapons, nearly $25,000 worth of heroin, methamphetamine and more than $28,000 in cash, court papers said.

Robert Devyn Fields, 24, pleaded not guilty Friday to possession of heroin with intent to deliver and possession of methamphetamine in Clallam County Superior Court.

Both charges carried a special allegation that Fields was armed with a firearm during the commission of the alleged offenses.

Investigators said they found about 123 grams of suspected heroin in the vehicle.

That amount of heroin could be sold for about $24,600 on the street, said Patrol Sgt. Jason Viada, a former Olympic Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Team supervisor.

Fields’ trial is scheduled for Nov. 9.

Port Angeles police alleged in court papers that Fields was sleeping in a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe with the engine running shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday in the alley behind 1217 E. First St. with a loaded semi-automatic pistol on the console near his arm.

Viada wrote in the arrest narrative that he noticed the barrel and muzzle of an AR-15 military-style rifle between the two front seats and a safe on Fields’ lap.

It was later determined that Fields had a current concealed-carry permit.

The permit would have allowed Fields to have a loaded pistol but not a loaded rifle in the vehicle, court papers said.

Police said they noticed a substance that appeared to be meth in a glass pipe on Fields’ lap.

Police arrested Fields, unloaded the weapons and turned off the engine of the SUV.

After obtaining a search warrant, police said they discovered several baggies and other containers of suspected meth and heroin; $3,013 in cash in Fields’ wallet; a tightly packed brick of $24,988; a second loaded pistol; a second AR-15-style rifle; a shotgun; a .22-caliber long rifle; a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol; a .45-caliber loaded semi-automatic handgun; and several hundred rounds of ammunition, according to the arrest report.

Defense attorney Stan Myers argued Friday for his client to be released to go to drug treatment in Kirkland.

Clallam County Superior Court Judge Christopher Melly denied the request based on the risk to public safety.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

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