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Kelso police found 3.59 pounds of methamphetamine while responding to a domestic violence call at the Kelso Econo Lodge.

Courtesy Kelso Police Department

Kelso police have seized nearly four pounds of methamphetamine at a Kelso hotel in the course of a domestic violence investigation, according to a press release Thursday.

Officers arrested Jimmy Penix, 58, of Kelso at the Econo Lodge in the 500 block of North Pacific Ave. Saturday at 12:34 a.m., according to Kelso police and court documents. A woman told police that Penix pushed her over when she tried to make a phone call to the front desk for help during an argument with him.

While searching Penix’ bag at Kelso Police Department, police found the 3.59 pounds of methamphetamine, worth roughly $30,000, in a bag belonging to Penix. They also found 6.9 grams of heroin during the early morning investigation, Kelso Police Capt. Darr Kirk said.

The Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Narcotics Task Force assisted due to the large amount of drugs found, and Kirk said more arrests are anticipated.

“We think that the investigation will lead to more people involved with the meth that was seized,” he said.

A spokesperson for Econo Lodge said that Penix had not been staying at the lodge that night and that the methamphetamine was found in his car. However, Kirk told The Daily News that Penix had the bag with him in the room when he was arrested.

Penix faces a charge of fourth-degree assault and three felony drug charges. His criminal record includes previous charges for assault and felony drug possession.

His bail was set at $5,000, which Penix has posted and since been released on. Kirk said he had no insight into why the bail was set at that unusually low amount.

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