Guns, drugs, armor recovered in Cowlitz investigation

LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN) -- Six people were arrested and over 34 guns, along with other items, were recovered on Wednesday in what Cowlitz County deputies are calling "one of the largest burglary investigations in recent years." 

Body armor, masks, ammunition and drug paraphernalia were located in homes, a boat and a lawnmower, as well as hidden in the woods and underwater in local rivers. 

The stolen firearms were linked to thefts in Longview and Olympia. The investigation began after an original burglary in November of last year and it's still an active case.

Here are the 6 people arrested along with their charges:

1) Booked 2-7-18 Wirkkala, Nicholas L. 35 years, Longview 
a. Charges: (UPF) Unlawful Possession of a firearm 
b. Methamphetamine: Possession with Intent to Deliver 

2) Booked 2-7-18 Willard, Brian John 37 Kelso, 
a. Charges: UPF and 
b. Possession of stolen firearms (3 counts) 
c. Possession of Meth: Intent to deliver 

3) Booked 2-2-18 -- Sweetin, Zachary R. 33 years, Longview 
a. Charges: Possession Stolen firearm. (9 counts) 
b. Trafficking in Stolen property 
c. Possession of Meth 

4) Booked: 1-30-18 Novy, David John, 59, Longview 
a. Charges: Possession of Stolen Firearm(10 counts) 
b. Making False statements 
c. Illegal transfer of firearm 

5) Booked 1-16-18 Novy, David John 
a. Charges: Criminal Conspiracy 
b. Trafficking in stolen property (firearms). 

6) Booked 1-12-18 - Chandler, Shannon Lee 41 years, Longview 
a. Charges: Burglary 1st degree 
b. Possession of Stolen firearm 
c. UPF. 

7) Booked 1-2-18 -- Zigler, Keith L. , 47 years, Castle Rock 
a. Charges: --UPF 
b. Possession of Stolen Firearm 
c. Identify Theft (forged a check) 
d. Possession of stolen property. 


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