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    King Co. Sheriff's deputy charged with prostituting wife, theft, dealing steroids









    In what King County Sheriff John Urquhart called a "slap in the face," a sheriff's deputy is accused of stealing agency equipment, dealing steroids and pimping out his wife as an escort.

    Darrion Holiwell, a 19-year veteran of the sheriff's office, was a SWAT officer and the chief firearms instructor who worked at the Ravensdale Range where the agency's SWAT team trained, in addition to local FBI agents and King County Jail staff.

    Some of the sheriff's office's equipment was sold to gun shops and credited in an account listed as belonging to the Sheriff's Office, but it was not an official account than any of the agency's accountants knew of. The money was then used to buy more equipment as a "slush fund" for SWAT and for Holliwell's own gain, Urquhart said.

    Some of Holliwell's colleagues knew of the practice.

    The sheriff said he was "flabbergasted" by the "police corruption" that came to light this spring.

    "The worst part of this is the culture that allowed this to happen in the first place," Urquhart said.

    Two additional people in the agency are on paid leave pending further investigation for possible involvement in Holliwell's activities. More still could be pegged for playing a role.

    Holiwell, 49, was charged Thursday in King County Superior Court for investigation of second-degree promoting prostitution, first-degree theft and drug violations. He was arrested at the King County courthouse Thursday morning, where the sheriff's office headquarters is located.

    Holiwell is held on $150,000 bail and has been placed on paid administrative leave.

    He is also the founder of Praetor Defense, which offers firearms training and equipment to the public. Holiwell is a competitive shooter on a national level.

    Theft allegations

    Detectives believe Holiwell took the man who supplied his drugs, as well as Praetor customers, to the Ravensdale range during off-hours, where he allowed them to shoot with county weapons.

    The man who admitted to giving Holiwell steroids told investigators that Holliwell also gave him ammunition belonging to King County.

    Holiwell also allegedly collected spent brass from the range and dealt it to local gun shops, sometimes for cash but largely for credit under an account listed under "King County Sheriff," according to the affidavit.

    No one in the sheriff's office approved of such an account or of Holiwell's practice.

    From 2007 to April 2014, Holiwell exchanged more than 19,000 lbs of metal brass for credit amounting to more than $24,599, investigative documents indicate. He used credit to purchase tactical gear for SWAT and himself, such as clothing, barrel,s flashlights, gun slings and a $1,500 sighting system.

    His partner was aware of the practice, court records say.

    Furthermore, Holiwell turned in used county equipment for thousands more.

    Though Holiwell's exchange of county firearms equipment is believed to have stretched for years, he is only charged for thefts reportedly committed during a five-month stretch in 2007.

    Though sergeants associated with the SWAT team and Ravensdale Range denied any knowledge of Holiwell's practice in investigative records, Urquhart says they did know what Holiwell was up to. They're still on duty for the time being, but "they're not gonna get a free pass," the sheriff said.

    Nine other employees who have been on command staff with SWAT or the range in recent years denied knowing the theft was happening.

    Investigators are working on auditing the SWAT and firing range's full stock of equipment.

    Prostitution

    Separate from the theft allegations, detectives believe Holiwell hired out his estranged wife as an escort between May and September last year. Urquhart says she was a willing participant in the enterprise and that Holiwell took 80 percent of the proceeds.

    The two would exchange information about appointments, clients and business strategy, the affidavit indicates.

    The prostitution occurred during what was supposed to be a one-year separation for the pair to work on their marriage. However, she agreed to work as an escort because Holiwell underwent a surgery that would keep him from working at Praetor and from accruing overtime at the sheriff's office.

    Though she rented a condominium unit, where she invited her clients, she fully expected the two to reunite until she learned he was dating another woman.

    The two had a "very volatile" marriage for about 14 years and are undergoing a "fairly bitter" divorce, Urquhart said.

    Drugs

    Furthermore, Holiwell is accused of dealing steroids to people inside and outside of the sheriff's office. He also supplied his wife with marijuana and ecstasy for her to take during her escort appointments.

    The drugs came from a dealer who lived in a condominium unit rent-free in a building Holiwell owned.

    The man supplied Holiwell with several types of steroids and drugs used to counteract the effects of steroids, as well as "Molly" (a form of ecstasy), cocaine and Cialis. Holiwell used some of the drugs himself and also dealt to others.

    The sheriff's office is working to determine whether he dealt steroids to colleagues inside the agency. The office is not allowed to screen its employees for steroids, per state law and union agreements, nor is it allowed to research whether employees who are on steroids obtained the drugs by prescription or through illegal means, Urquhart said.

    The man who dealt Holiwell the drugs has not yet been charged, but the sheriff expects he will be.

    Tipped off

    The probe into Holiwell started with domestic violence accusations from his wife.

    His current wife - Holiwell's third - left a note for his second wife, asking her to call her to discuss Holiwell's behavior.

    Holiwell and his third wife were in the middle of a divorce and he had custody of their two sons, ages 3 and 5, Urquhart said.

    The women learned they were both victims of physical abuse at the hands of Holiwell.

    The second wife, a hairdresser, shared the information with a client of hers, a sheriff's office employee. That employee told her supervisor and the sheriff what she learned, which initiated the investigation.

    Holiwell was known to own several firearms, but when deputies served a search warrant at his Seattle home, his gun safe was empty and "not one stray bullet" was found, Urquhart said.

    Investigators believe a major crimes investigator tipped Holiwell off to the investigation - she is one of the two others on paid administrative leave. She is being investigated for rendering criminal assistance.

    The other on leave is someone who worked at the Ravensdale Range.

    Holiwell sent a text message to someone in the days before the search warrant was served on his home, indicating he knew he was being investigated.

    "The storm is coming but I got something for there [sic] asses," the text read. "Hang on, it's about to get real."

    Holiwell ultimately wasn't pinned with physical abuse because whatever incidents were reported fell outside the statute of limitations for charging. However, his wife spilled his other misdeeds to detectives.

    Urquhart said Holiwell was well-liked in the department and a good firearms instructor - he even helped the sheriff himself improve his shooting score.

    The sheriff said the Holiwell probe was handled internally instead of being handed to another agency because the sheriff's office could conduct the investigation the quickest and most efficiently.

    "We'll clean our own mess," he said.

    Urquhart said that while misconduct is limited to an isolated and very small number of people in his agency, he takes responsibility for their behavior and seeks to cut out bad cops.

    "I am on a witch hunt," he said Thursday afternoon. "I am on a witch hunt to root out this kind of behavior in the sheriff's office."

    King Co. Sheriff's deputy charged with prostituting wife, theft, dealing steroids - seattlepi.com


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    4.3 tons of brass, that's a lotta ammo being shot...

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    Wannabe Delta Force wankers. Shoot up tons of ammo the taxpayers buy. Almost none will ever fire a weapon in their career in a life-threatening situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Wannabe Delta Force wankers. Shoot up tons of ammo the taxpayers buy. Almost none will ever fire a weapon in their career in a life-threatening situation.
    This is true, but he was the head of the county firearms range and a swat officer. He is far from a wanker. If you missed it the Sherriff himself was at his house in the raid. He had a massive gun safe and when they opened it it was empty. They took not one gun nor one round of ammo out of his house.


    He then sent this text because he was tipped off before the raid by other corrupt officers;

    “The storm is coming but I got something for there [sic] asses,” the text read. “Hang on, it’s about to get real.”

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    Say roughly 200 mixed rounds per kilo, thats about 900,000 rounds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Say roughly 200 mixed rounds per kilo, thats about 900,000 rounds...
    He also stole live rounds as well and traded them to local gun shops for merchandise. Read the charging docs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Wannabe Delta Force wankers. Shoot up tons of ammo the taxpayers buy. Almost none will ever fire a weapon in their career in a life-threatening situation.

    He is far from a wanker.
    If you say so....Pimp, wifebeater, thief, drug abuser, drug dealer....kind of sounds like a wanker to me. I'm not real impressed that he can shoot at unarmed paper....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    Wannabe Delta Force wankers. Shoot up tons of ammo the taxpayers buy. Almost none will ever fire a weapon in their career in a life-threatening situation.

    He is far from a wanker.
    If you say so....Pimp, wifebeater, thief, drug abuser, drug dealer....kind of sounds like a wanker to me. I'm not real impressed that he can shoot at unarmed paper....
    He has fired fired at live targets he was the top tactical officer at the KCSO. The department doesn't want him out of jail and have said that they are sacred of what he is capable of. The guy may be a scumbag but he is no joke. He could drop both you and me before we even dropped the safeties off our weapons.

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    ^WOW! My hero!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^WOW! My hero!
    WTF are you talking about? I could care less about all that bullshit. I would be far happier taking potshots and drinking beer until I wore out my welcome at your place.

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    One would assume that there are a few dead bodies lurking behind this guy. A scagged up gun nut, roided out of his nut, and the believe that because he is a cop he is above the law.

    Clearly a wanker - and a mighty dangerous one at that.

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    Was talking about him, Snub, not you!

    I've known lots of SWAT types over the years. I have run a security company in Manila for the last 14 years; we used to get resumes from them all the time.

    Porch monkeys pumped up on steroids don't impress me. They train a lot, but you take away the "Send back-up" option, and most ain't shit. Their "live fire" experiences are rarely one-on-one, but are more often like the Boston Marathon efforts, with dozens of terrified cops hiding behind each other while pumping thousands of rounds into boats, houses, innocent bystanders and, on occasion, a criminal.

    We hired a lot of folks over the years, but former SWAT cops and former Marines were very low on our list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    We hired a lot of folks over the years, but former SWAT cops and former Marines were very low on our list.
    How about green 11 bravos? Who was high on your list?

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    We hired few foreigners since we could get highly-skilled Filipinos at a tenth of the price, they spoke the language(s), and blended in. Also there was never a question of whether they would fight if it came down to a gunfight.

    We did hire some foreigners for specific jobs requiring specialized skills. It was done on a case-by-case basis, but we seemed to generally end up with former Rangers, Delta or SEALS. All smart, well-trained, able to operate with minimal supervision.....no prima donnas, and didn't require hand-holding off duty.

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