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Flathead County Sheriff's Office finds drugs, guns in Kalispell theft ring bust

Kalispell Theft Ring Bust
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Posted at 2:50 PM, Dec 15, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-18 16:32:32-05

Law enforcement seized several pounds of meth at dozens of guns on Thursday, December 14, 2023, in Kalispell.

The Flathead County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant to investigate a residence in the 2200 block of Whalebone Drive in Kalispell for stolen property.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino says deputies found 9.3 pounds of meth — with an approximate street value of $400,000 — and 81 guns, including sawed-off shotguns at the residence.

According to a news release, more than 30 new chainsaws and "enough new, still in the original boxes, tools to fill a 26’ U-Haul trailer."

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The Sheriff’s Office is working with Homeland Security Investigations which will assist with the federal investigation and trafficking of drugs and firearms.

The case is ongoing, and arrests are pending, “This could be part of a larger operation,” Heino said.

“We’re not even done with inventorying the items found at the property,” Sheriff Brian Heino stated. “And this was unfolding at the same time we were being notified of email bomb threats.”

The Sheriff’s Office will complete the inventory of stolen goods, record serial numbers, and then notify members of the community who have reported missing tools.

Additionally, over the next few days, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office will process and attempt to identify property owners as there is a great deal of time needed to process evidence first.

“This case shows the dedication and commitment of our office from evidence techs and patrol to investigate those who are committing one of the most personal crimes that affect our community. This time of year, we see an increase in thefts in our community. Please be diligent in securing and recording serial numbers on valuable belongings and having an awareness of anything suspicious in your neighborhoods. These steps greatly assist us in preventing theft and locating items after they are stolen." - Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino