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Fairmont man facing felony counts

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing felony charges in Martin County.

Denetrius Demar Washington, 42, has been charged with possession of ammunition and a firearm after having previously convicted of a crime of violence. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Washington also faces a charge of drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On July 31, a Fairmont police officer took a phone call from a woman for a welfare check on a relative because the relative’s boyfriend had a gun in his possession, was dealing meth and was going to Chicago with the relative. The boyfriend was identified as Washington. The officer was able to determine there was an active warrant for Washington’s arrest in Martin County related to a terroristic threat charge.

At 10:30 p.m. that day, police officers located Washington at his residence in Fairmont and placed him under arrest.

Washington was taken to the Martin County Law Enforcement Center, where he was read his rights and agreed to answer questions. Washington admitted he had been smoking marijuana. He also admitted to selling meth. He said there was a safe in the residence and he provided the code.

Washington admitted he had a handgun and shotgun in the residence, but said the shotgun was inoperable. He also said there was a syringe in a glasses case inside a desk that was used for meth consumption.

Fairmont officers obtained a search warrant and executed it at Washington’s residence. In the safe they found a loaded 9mm handgun. Dispatch was able to confirm the handgun was stolen from Kansas City. Also located in the safe was ammunition.

A glass pipe with white residue, which later tested positive for meth, was found. Also recovered was a small pill bag that had a trace white substance, also later identified as meth.

In the living room, police found a double-barrel shotgun, marijuana paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana.

Washington was again interviewed and said he did not know the handgun was stolen, saying he had received it from another man.

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