Real-time videos received by Richland police led to the discovery of a big cache of marijuana, some already packaged for sale.
Hannah M. Lapinski, 18, and Trey B. Maltos, 21, were arrested after officers tracked them down to Motel 6 on Fowler Street based on some brief video footage.
Two other men and three girls at the room also were detained.
In addition to the marijuana, police found an AR-15 rifle with no serial number, a stolen Ruger pistol, drug paraphernalia and possibly hash or marijuana oil, court documents said.
It is not known who the messages, allegedly sent by Lapinski, were intended for.
A police spokesman on Monday wouldn’t go into details about the messages, saying it still is an active investigation.
Lapinski and Maltos are charged in Benton County Superior Court for possessing marijuana with intent to manufacture or deliver.
Maltos also has a charge of possessing a stolen gun.
Lapinski’s trial is Feb. 26, while Maltos has a Jan. 22 trial.
The status of the cases against the other five people in the room is unclear. The three girls were released to their parents.
Police said they got Lapinski’s messages on Nov. 22, documents said.
In one video, a voice says, “I’ll hook you up,” as the camera pans over to a bed with six, 10-ounce bags filled with pot.
Another video shows a woman holding the AR-15 rifle and brandishing a pistol, while pills and cash are shown.
Officers went to the Richland motel and found that Lapinski was staying there and Maltos was also registered to the room, court documents said.
After getting a search warrant, officers went in and found five to six jars of marijuana, 136 grams of marijuana in plastic bags and two backpacks containing jars of pot, documents said.
One of the jars allegedly held smaller plastic bags with pot.
In one video, a voice says, “I’ll hook you up,” as the camera pans over to a bed with six, 10-ounce bags filled with pot. Another video shows a woman holding the AR-15 rifle and brandishing a pistol, while pills and cash are shown.
Maltos admitted that one of the backpacks and the rifle belonged to him. He denied owning the pistol, but officers found eight bullets for the gun and $1,182 cash in his pockets when he was arrested, court documents said.
The pistol’s real owner called Richland police the next day to say he had reported the theft of three weapons the year before, but had not given the serial numbers to law enforcement at the time.
The man, who was confirmed as the owner, said Maltos was an acquaintance of his when the weapons were stolen, documents said.