SPD executes search warrant; recovers guns, drugs

Monique Cotton, Public Information & Communication Director, 509.363.8285


Friday, February 28, 2014 at 9 a.m.


Incident #: 14-800014

Spokane Police Tactical Operations officers arrest three people and seize drugs, firearms and electronics after executing a search warrant at a Spokane residence. The following individuals were arrested on the following charges:

  • 29-year-old Sarah J. Ireland - Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver and 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • 22-year-old Joseph S. Denison - 1st Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • 35-year-old Dennis H. Estepp - Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver

Police recovered multiple guns, drugs, ammunition, and electronics believed to be stolen. This warrant and the subsequent recovery of drugs, firearms and electronics demonstrates SPD’s commitment to reduce crime by targeting those people and locations involved in illegal activity.

On Wednesday night, just after 7 p.m., Spokane Police Tactical Operations (Tac Ops) officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the W. 2000 block of 4th. Detectives had received information that this location may be involved in the trafficking of stolen property and the sale of firearms. Additionally, detectives had also received information indicating that one of the individuals selling the firearms may be a convicted felon. It is illegal for convicted felons to be in possession of firearms.

During the execution of the warrant, three people were arrested: Sarah Ireland, Joseph Denison, and Dennis Estepp.

SPD recovered the following items:

  • Two shotguns
  • Two bags of meth
  • Heroin
  • Two handguns
  • Five magazines with ammunition
  • An airsoft gun and ammunition
  • Part of a shotgun
  • An i-pad
  • Three laptops

The investigation in this case is ongoing.



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