Bothell, Redmond police arrest known drug supplier at Bothell ‘Lego house’

After years of an ongoing investigation and working with other law enforcement agencies, the Redmond Police Department (RPD) has identified and arrested a suspect they believe to be a narcotics supplier in several Eastside cities.

Carlos Anderson, the suspect, was charged on Nov. 28 in Snohomish County Court for unlawful possession of a firearm in the first degree, possession of heroin and bail jumping.

Police were able to locate Anderson at a Bothell residence in August.

“We had reason to believe he was selling heroin and methamphetamine from a residence in Bothell,” said Becky Range, RPD public information officer. “We also believed he had illegal guns in his possession.”

On Sept. 16, RPD and the Bothell Police Department (BPD) set up surveillance of the home, which was commonly referred to by neighbors as the “Lego house” as it appears that Legos are bought and sold from there.

“We knew both vehicles that Anderson drove, both of which were there,” Range said. “Officers observed Anderson, with his girlfriend/wife, at the residence.”

She said at 4:30 p.m., both Redmond and Bothell police surrounded the house and made announcements via the Bothell Patrol Vehicle Public Address system for Anderson to exit the residence. Five occupants of the house exited. Two of the five were homeowners, their adult son, his girlfriend and their young adult grandson.

Anderson, who was living in the basement of the house, did not exit the home. Officers were able to call a phone inside the house and talk his significant other into coming outside, Range said. After 40 minutes of no response, officers completed a warrant that was signed by a Snohomish County Superior Court judge and allowed them to breach the residence and arrest the suspect.

Range said the North Sound Metro SWAT team responded and for the next three hours, advised Anderson that he needed to exit. Not receiving a response, devices were deployed on the exterior and into the residence that motivated the suspect to surrender.

“After searching their living area, officers found many things, including two digital scales, heroin, methamphetamines, glass pipes, square baggies, a black fully loaded Beretta 9mm pistol and a silver revolver with five of the six cylinders loaded with 38 special live ammunition rounds,” Range said.

Prior to identifying Anderson, she said police believed they knew who was supplying narcotics to many drug dealers in Redmond.

“In October 2014, we served a search warrant on a drug house in Kirkland and recovered guns, assault rifles, knives, methamphetamines, heroin and stolen property from car prowls and burglaries,” Range said. “We also detained two suspects from the home. Using intelligence gained and coordinating closely with other agencies, we were able to identify the man who we suspected was supplying the drugs, Carlos Anderson.”

Police then spent the next several months cultivating intelligence and watching Anderson, she said.

“While still tracking him, we learned that in addition to our interest in him, he now had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest,” Range said. “The first was a felony no bail nationwide extraditable warrant issued in May of 2016 out of Snohomish County for dangerous drugs possession of a controlled substance. This warrant was issued after he was sentenced to four years in prison, but failed to turn himself in to serve his prison sentence.”

The second was a felony warrant issued in June for second-degree burglary, which was issued out of Kitsap County.

In September 2016, Range said Redmond police also confirmed that in addition to the warrants, Snohomish County prosecutors were planning to file five additional counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

“Sometimes effective police work takes time, patience and depends on many law enforcement agencies working together,” she said.