Orcas woman arrested for allegedly hiding a fugitive and possessing drug paraphernalia

Kami Philbrook, 29, was arrested by San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies on Nov. 20 for allegedly violating the uniform controlled substance act, rendering criminal assistance in the second degree and possessing drug paraphernalia.

At around 2 p.m. on Nov. 20, a deputy was dispatched to a report of Marvel Ross, a wanted person, located inside an Eastsound residence. Ross had a $75,000 arrest warrant for domestic violence assault, robbery, unlawful imprisonment and malicious mischief.

The deputy spoke with the apartment’s resident, Philbrook, who denied that Ross was inside. According to the deputy’s report, he explained that Ross was wanted for several felonies and warned Philbrook she could be charged for assisting him if he was inside the apartment. Philbrook then said she needed to put her dog away so the deputy could search the premises, but she never returned to the door after repeated knocks and attempted phone calls.

A little after 5 p.m., a deputy observed Ross inside the apartment, after which a search warrant was granted. Ross was found locked in the bathroom, while Philbrook was lying facedown on a bed in the living room.

A second search warrant allowed deputies to search the home for drugs and paraphernalia. Deputies located a silver briefcase under a pillow on the bed in the living room. Inside the briefcase were pipes, baggies with white residue, a container of brown residue and a wad of aluminum foil containing a white crystal-like substance. Additionally, multiple spoons, glass pipes, a bong and several baggies were found with residue on them inside the residence. The white residue tested positive as methamphetamine during a field test.

The case has been submitted to the San Juan County Prosecutor’s office.