A Spokane alcohol and drug counselor made his first appearance in Spokane County Superior Court on charges of possessing and distributing meth and heroin.
Anthony Williams is 68-years-old and has worked as a drug counselor for years. In 2017, Williams spoke to the Spokane City Council, advocating that private businesses shouldn't be allowed to ask for an applicant's criminal history. He felt it wasn't fair to felons who are trying to turn their lives around.
Spokane Police detectives say he's been selling meth and heroin for a while, and according to court documents, Williams told police he trades the drugs for sex. He says he has 9 regular customers and 12 occasional customers.
When he was arrested, detectives found several ounces of meth and heroin, along with $2,400 in his car.
Williams was arrested Thursday night, appeared in court on Friday, and was released on his own recognizance Friday afternoon.
On Friday, Spokane's NAACP President Kurtis Robinson, released the following statement in regards to Williams' arrest:
"Concerning the arrest of Mr. Anthony Williams,
It is with much sadness and concern to learn of and acknowledge Mr. Williams situation. Although he has not been actively engaged with the executive aspects of our organization for some time, in point of fact, had missed several opportunities to be installed as one of our community members at large from last year's elections.
In the time that I have known Mr. Williams in his capacity as previous legal redress for our Spokane NAACP I found him to be dedicated and thoughtful, when he was engaged.
I believe his situation points to many of the deep struggles that all of our populations often suffer from yet keep the tremendous personal battle hidden, until it can no longer be done so.
As with anyone and everyone we wish Mr. Williams a restorative Journey back to health and productivity. As well as to a much deeper and sincere level of service and contribution to the causes, society and principles we all strive to up lift and hold in common."