Six-year sentence after Lake Wenatchee drug raid

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Police say this house on Brae Burn Road near Lake Wenatchee was the site of heavy drug commerce. (Chelan County Assessor)

WENATCHEE — A Lake Wenatchee man must serve six years in prison after pleading guilty to meth and heroin charges.

Michael Stephen Arthur, 32 pleaded Wednesday in Chelan County to counts of heroin possession and meth possession with intent to deliver, as well as related charges. Detectives with the Columbia River Drug Task Torce found more than a pound of meth in Arthur’s vehicle during a July 30t search of his home on Brae Burn Road.

Investigators said the home was in filthy condition, with six adults and two minor children living there. Four other adult residents are charged with multiple drug offenses.

Arthur’s plea agreement allowed him to avoid charges of intent to deliver heroin, unlawful firearm possession and witness tampering. Police recovered three handguns and an AR-15 rifle from the residence, despite the fact that most residents had prior felony records and were barred from possessing weapons.

Police also accused Arthur of attempting to wipe data from his cellphones after his arrest, saying he tried to arrange for an accomplice to delete the information.

Judge Travis Brandt order Arthur to serve 12 months on supervision once he’s released from prison. He has a prior conviction for third-degree sexual assault in Wyoming.