Man, woman suspected of selling meth arrested in Walla Walla

Tyler Richardson, Tri-City HeraldNovember 13, 2013 

A man and woman suspected of selling methamphetamine to undercover officers have been arrested in Walla Walla.

Police believe the suspects, Kimberly S. Hodgen and Richard C. Chapek, have no connection to each other. Hodgen was arrested Tuesday during a traffic stop and Chapek on Wednesday after a police raid.

Hodgen, 42, allegedly sold meth to the undercover officers multiple times within the last few days, said Tim Bennett, Walla Wall police spokesman.

Authorities arrested Hodgen in a F-150 pickup around 1:45 p.m., Bennett said. When detectives searched the truck, they reportedly found meth and marijuana.

Detectives took $1,400 worth of meth, 37 grams of marijuana and scales, Bennett said. There also was packaging materials and four smoking devices with meth residue in the truck.

Hodgen was booked into the Walla Walla County jail.

The Walla Walla area SWAT team broke down the door to Chapek's apartment around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, Bennett said. Undercover officers had reportedly bought meth from the 55-year-old multiple times in the past weeks.

Detectives found four bags in Chapek's apartment with suspected trace amounts of meth, as well as scales, Bennett said.

A woman who lives at the apartment, Christina L. Boucher, 51, also was arrested. Police say they found a pipe containing meth behind a couch cushion Boucher was sitting on. A court hearing for a Finley man accused of driving his truck into two patrol cars was pushed back.

Shane Kyle DeWeber appeared briefly Wednesday in Benton County Superior Court for a hearing, which was reset for early December.

DeWeber, 33, pleaded innocent last month to two counts of first-degree assault with aggravating circumstances for the incident.

Prosecutors say DeWeber led police on a high-speed chase on Oct. 8 after trying to break into his estranged wife's house. DeWeber allegedly confronted officers with a sword when they tried to arrest him.

The chase ended when DeWeber reportedly plowed his truck into a Kennewick police and Benton County Sheriff's Office patrol car. The officer and sergeant moved out of the way before the truck hit and were not injured.

DeWeber tried to attack authorities before he was arrested, authorities said.

-- Tyler Richardson: 582-1556; trichardson@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @Ty_richardson

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