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20+ detained, 5 arrested during search warrant at Spokane Valley home

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The Spokane Valley Sheriff's Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives along with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office SWAT team served a search warrant Thursday morning at what's being described as a "nuisance house" in Spokane Valley. The search warrant resulted in the arrest of five people after more than 20 people were located and detained in the home.

The home is located in the 4500 block of E. 2nd Ave. and the search warrant was for controlled substances and evidence of prostitution and authorities say that since January the residence has been connected to 33 law enforcement calls for drugs, stolen vehicle recoveries, suspicious vehicles/persons, theft and prostitution.

Neighbors in the area tell us this house has been a problem for a long time. Bart Stewart moved into the neighborhood in December of 2013 and said this has been a non-stop problem since then. Recently he and other neighbors banded together to make it clear they weren't okay with the illegal activity happening in the home. They made many calls to police and even confronted some of the people entering and leaving the house to let them know they were not welcome. 

Stewart's advice to others who feel they too have a "nuisance house" in their neighborhood? 

He says, "be patient and keep working with police."

Deputy Mark Gregory with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office says the best thing to do if you ever see anything suspicious is to call crime check (509) 456-2233. Don't try to confront anyone or do anything yourself. He says that can be left for deputies to handle.

To date, seven suspects have been arrested either at the residence or shortly after leaving the residence for various crimes including possession of a controlled substance, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, providing false statements and several warrant arrests including escape from community custody.

Using information provided by patrol officers, investigators gathered enough evidence to develop probable cause to arrest the homeowner, 52-year-old Charles D. Douvia, for Unlawful Use of Building for Drug Purposes and his roommate, 54-year-old Tracy L. Thornton, for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin/Methamphetamine and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon as a result of the months long investigation.

Douvia has one previous felony conviction for drugs and Thornton is a 15-time convicted felon with charges including drugs, possession of stolen property, attempted assault 2nd and reckless endangerment.

Both Douvia and Thornton were booked into the Spokane County Jail for the listed charges.

Also arrested:
• 39-year-old Deanne L. Nordstrom for a confirmed Washington State Department of Corrections felony warrant for Escape Community Custody.
• 50-year-old Timothy R. Jackson for a misdemeanor warrant.
• 24-year-old Peter F. Heinen for a misdemeanor warrant.

Investigators located heroin, methamphetamine, and $1,886 in cash, a small caliber handgun and a large amount of used hypodermic needles inside the residence. This investigation continues as detectives conduct interviews and process evidence located this morning. Spokane Valley Patrol Deputies will continue additional patrols in the area to address the constant criminal acts associated with this residence as they work to provide peace and safety to the citizens living in the area.

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