Two people were arrested and three children were taken into CPS custody following an early morning SWAT Team raid on a suspected drug house Friday.
The Spokane Police Department's Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) learned that Bennie Lee Carson was dealing drugs out of a home located at 2415 W. 1st Avenue. They also found out that Carson was armed with several handguns, so the Special Investigations Unit asked SWAT to help execute the search warrant.
When they entered the home, using a flashbang as a distraction device during their entry, they swiftly secured the residence. Detectives found a stolen 12 gauge shotgun, loaded with a shell in the chamber, and .357 Magnum revolver.
"You can note it was loaded in the chamber so it was ready to do business," Sergeant Tom Hendren with the Special Investigations Unit said.
They also found methamphetamine and an electronic scale hidden in a "Dora the Explorer" pencil bag.
"Meth makes people crazy enough and when they have guns it really intensifies the danger level, thus the SWAT Team's entry today," Spokane Police Sergeant Joe Peterson said.
Officers found three children ranging in age from one through five, living inside the home. One of the detectives made the kids breakfast while officers waited for Child Protective Services to arrive and take custody of the children.
Carson, who is a convicted felon, was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.
As soon as the youngsters were safely out of the residence, police arrested their mother, Tracy Lynn Whitney, on a drug dealing charge.