Toppenish man’s machete leads to arrest

Meth found on Pacheco following arrest

— On patrol a little after 2 a.m. Dec. 2, policeman Casey Briggs noticed what appeared to be a large-bladed weapon between a man’s legs and the frame of the bicycle he was riding.

“I got out of the vehicle, and asked the male subject to come to me,” Briggs said in his charging narrative for the suspects preliminary appearance in Yakima County Municipal Court.

“When the male subject stopped, I could clearly see that bladed weapon was a machete,” Briggs added. “The machete had been altered to have an edge at the top.”

While the subject was identified as Eddie James Pacheco, 43, through a portable radio check, he also came back as a violent offender, Briggs said. Pacheco followed his command to leave the bike, and Briggs arrested him for carrying the dangerous weapon.

After securing Pacheco, Briggs and another officer conducted an arrest search, Briggs said.

The officers found a glass pipe in a knife sheath, three individual baggies with a crystal-like substance, three cellophane baggies containing a green leafy substance. By their experience and training, Briggs said, the officers determined everything was drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Briggs said he took Pacheco to a holding cell at the police station and read him his Miranda rights and that Pacheco agreed to talk.

Briggs then conducted a search of Pacheco’s back-pack. He found more drugs and large knifes out of their sheaths, he said.

Briggs said he weighed and photographed everything and placed it into evidence.

Pacheco was booked into the Yakima County Jail for possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.



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