SeaTac suspect charged with drug trafficking at Tukwila Transit Center

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A suspect with at least 21 past warrants was charged this week with violations of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm in Tukwila by the King County Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) .

Defendant Ezekiel Demario Reynolds also has pending burglary 2 in Pierce County Superior Court and DWLS 2 in Kent Municipal Court.

“Based on the defendant’s criminal history, which includes violent offenses and his current active cases, the state is concerned that the defendant is likely to commit a violent offense,” prosecutors said.

Additionally, the charging documents state that the defendant’s term history includes 21 prior terms from 2015 to 2019; here is more information:

Due to ongoing violence and drug trafficking at the Tukwila International Blvd Transit Center located at 3651 Southcenter Blvd. (map below) King County Sheriff’s Office Transit Police and the Tukwila Police Department have teamed up to try to solve the crime problem.

During the summer of 2022, Metro 41 Transit Police Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office conducted surveillance in and around the Transit Center. Detectives observed the suspect at the transit center on numerous occasions near the north stairs. He was seen driving his car into the transit center parking lot near the north stairs, parking, mingling with people, and then driving back in his car.

“It does not appear that Reynolds was using the transit center for transit purposes,” police said. “While at the transit center, Reynolds was associating with people who were observed selling controlled substances.”

On August 25, 2022, a detective saw Reynolds at the AM/PM store across the street north of the Transit Center. He was sitting in the driver’s seat of another car, a black 1998 BMW 528i at the gas pumps. Reynolds’ driver’s door was open. Another known drug dealer in the area stood in the doorway of his driver. This dealer handed money to Reynolds, who took it, then within a minute poured some unknown items into the dealer’s hand. The suspect’s hand opened from a clenched fist position, and with his thumb up, he opened his hand from little finger to index finger. Police say this style of transaction showed he poured pills into the dealer’s hand. The trafficker left the AM/PM store and went straight to the transit center and mingled with other known drug traffickers on the north staircase of the transit center.

Detectives performed a Licensing Department check on Reynolds’ plates and found a recent report of him being sold as Ezekiel Berry. Per DOL, Berry is an AKA for Reynolds. A DOL check of Reynolds’ name revealed two outstanding warrants for his arrest, in Pierce County Superior Court for 2nd degree burglary and a Department of Corrections warrant for escape of custody. community for 3rd degree assault. DOL showed that Reynolds was recently convicted for Felony Eluding.

On October 21, 2022 at 5 p.m., another detective saw Reynolds’ BMW arrive at the transit center. Other detectives were alerted by radio. A detective saw the Reynolds parking lot on the west side of the transit center’s north staircase. He saw that Reynolds was the driver of his car and that he was the sole occupant.

Two deputies who were driving fully marked police cars and wearing KCSO department uniforms made contact with Reynolds as he sat in his car. A deputy activated the hazard lights of his police car. Reynolds got out of his car and ran east away from the deputies. A detective managed to disrupt Reynolds’ escape attempt and he was taken into custody. Reynolds’ arrest warrants were confirmed; however, he was denied the booking due to injuries sustained during the arrest.

Reynolds was released and his arrest warrants remain active. A Tukwila Police Narcotics K-9 sniffed out Reynolds’ vehicle while he was at the transit center. The K-9 alerted the BMW and she was seized for a search warrant.

On October 27, 2022, a detective requested and received a search warrant from King County Superior Court for Reynolds’ BMW. Detective searched the vehicle as per warrant and found a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, MDMA or ecstasy pills, (12) small blue pills inscribed with “M30” (suspected fentanyl) , a digital scale and $1,000 in cash.

The detective tested for MDMA/ecstasy using Narcotest 2 and 23 kits, and received a positive reaction for MDMA. The detective weighed the suspected MDMA without packaging at 3.51 grams. The amount of MDMA pills almost filled a small sandwich bag.

After cleaning the pistol, the detective found one 9mm bullet in the chamber and nine 9mm bullets in the magazine. He also saw that the serial number of the gun was erased.

The detective reviewed a copy of Reynolds’ criminal history and found that he had four felony convictions: in 2019 for attempted escape, in 2018 for taking a motor vehicle without permission, in 2017 for assault. done in the 3rd degree and theft in the 1st degree. Reynolds also received a misdemeanor conviction in 2017 for breaching a no contact/protective order. Each of these crimes prohibits Reynolds from owning, possessing, or purchasing a firearm.

Bail was set at $15,000.00 and KCPAO requested additional conditions that the suspect have no new violations of the law, possess no non-prescription controlled substances, possess no dangerous weapons or deadly, possess no firearms, appear at all future court dates when required to do so, and maintain contact with counsel.

At 6 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2022, Reynolds was arrested at his home in SeaTac. He was informed of his constitutional rights and committed to King County Jail.

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