Accused marijuana grower on Bainbridge Island faces another charge

A man who was arrested after his pot farm was discovered on Bainbridge Island is in trouble with the law once again.

Island police arrested Eldon W. Hamblin, 37, in January after he threatened to harm an ex-roommate's family. When police responded to investigate the threat, they said they discovered a marijuana grow operation at Hamblin's home.

Now, prosecutors have added the violation of a court order to Hamblin's list of charges.

After he was arrested, a restraining order was placed on Hamblin that prevented him from contacting his wife, who left him shortly before he was arrested.

Police said Hamblin, however, contacted her in violation of the restraining order by using a phone at the Kitsap County Jail to make multiple calls to her between Jan. 23 and Feb. 7.

All phone calls from the jail are recorded, according to court documents.

While on the phone, Hamblin asked his wife to retrieve a rifle from their residence that police failed to find during their search of the home. Hamblin is a convicted felon and it is illegal for him to possess a firearm. He was found to be in the possession of a handgun when officers arrested him in January, police said.

His wife complied and retrieved the weapon, a Ruger .22-caliber rifle, and placed it into storage.

After they reviewed the jail's tapes, police asked Hamblin's wife to turn over the gun, which she did.

Police noted that the firearm had been modified and the barrel had been cut down to 15 inches. The end of the barrel was threaded and a copper fitting was screwed on its end.

Hamblin also faces charges of felony harassment and the manufacture of marijuana. He remains in custody in the county jail.



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