Winlock couple booked for drug sales

Stephen Floyd

A Winlock couple was booked last week on multiple charges related to drug manufacturing and sales, according to the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.

Brett T. Watkins, 37, and Gabriela Watkins, 40, were contacted at around 7 a.m. on Oct. 15 traveling near the intersection of SR 505 and I-5 as deputies were preparing to execute a search warrant at their residence on the 200 block of W. Walnut St., in Winlock.

The warrant had been secured after a series of controlled drug buys were conducted in September and October involving a confidential informant reportedly purchasing marijuana and prescription narcotics from the suspects at their residence.

Through previous interactions with the suspects, it had been learned Brett Watkins was in possession of a state-issued medical marijuana card and, though early searches of their residence had revealed the presence of marijuana, they had uncovered no actionable evidence.

During the search on Oct. 15, deputies recovered hundreds of bottles containing various prescription medications, several large bags of marijuana described as ready for use, equipment used for making hashish oil, multiple firearms to include a stolen .38 revolver, around $9,500 in cash, as well as other items yet to be catalogued as of the time of the report.

Found on the person of Gabriela Watkins during the traffic stop had been a purse containing a large amount of cash and prescription narcotics, which were also seized into evidence.

Both suspects were subsequently booked into the Lewis County Jail for violation of the Controlled Substances Act and felony possession of marijuana. Their son, Alexis Domingues, 21, of Winlock, was also referred to the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office for violation of the Controlled Substances Act.