Man Charged After Police Find Fentanyl, Meth, Heroin During Welfare Check in Centralia 


Bail has been set at $75,000 for a Tacoma man who was arrested Sunday when officers found over 100 fentanyl pills, about 12 grams of heroin, 46.6 grams of methamphetamine and $3,440 in cash during a welfare check in a Centralia parking lot. 

Officers with the Centralia Police Department contacted the vehicle’s driver, Larry Sam Young, 35, in a parking lot in the 1300 block of Lum Road following a report that “two people (were) passed out in a running vehicle,” according to court documents. 

Officers knocked on the window to wake Young and his passenger, at which point Young reportedly “attempted to put his car in reverse and drive away,” according to court documents. Young’s vehicle was blocked in by the officers’ patrol vehicle. Both of the vehicle’s occupants reportedly had “bloodshot eyes” and the passenger reportedly admitted to recently consuming heroin, according to court documents. 

Young and his passenger then stepped out of the vehicle. Officers then reportedly found $3,440 in cash on Young’s person and “over 100 blue fentanyl pills” in a purse Young was carrying, according to court documents. 

A K9 officer then arrived on scene with K9 Pax, who is trained in the detection of controlled substances. Pax “alerted” on the vehicle, prompting the officers to secure a search warrant, according to court documents. 

While searching the vehicle, officers found 46.6 grams of methamphetamine, three “clear plastic baggies” containing in total about 12 grams of heroin and a box of unused baggies under the seat that were “purportedly used for dividing substances into smaller user amounts,” according to court documents. 

Young was arrested and booked into the Lewis County Jail just after 6:30 p.m. on July 17. He has since been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. 

The passenger in the vehicle had not been charged in Lewis County Superior Court as of Tuesday afternoon. 

Young’s next court appearance is an arraignment hearing scheduled for Thursday, July 28.