KENNEWICK, Wash. - Law Enforcement Officers from across the Tri-Cities report that more and more drug dealers are using home security cameras to protect their illegal operations.
In recent years, security cameras have become more affordable and easier to use. There are many different types with a variety of prices.
The Criminal Apprehension Team arrested a Kennewick man for allegedly selling drugs out of a home on South Rainier Street at 11 o'clock Tuesday night.
29-year-old Jeremy Holmes was taken into custody for delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance based on the drugs that were found in the home.
Police report that Holmes's live in girlfriend, 21-year-old Rebecca Bunten was also arrested along with a 23-year-old roommate, Christo Xiggenis, for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
Police confiscated marijuana, drug paraphernalia, illegal prescription narcotics and a surveillance system that police believe Holmes was using to protect his narcotic businesses.
Kennewick Corporal Chris Walters said almost all the drug dealers have security cameras in their homes throughout Kennewick. He said, "It's customary to have the surveillance camera there, it's kind of an anomaly when you don't have one at a narcotics location."
Walters said drug dealers use the cameras for a number of different reasons. He said criminals believe it gives them extra time to hide their drugs if police come to the residence and cameras give them the ability to monitor who is coming to buy drugs from them.