Alleged pot farmer threatens to kill police officers
By RICHARD D. OXLEY
Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer
February 23, 2013 · Updated 11:25 AM
The Bainbridge Island man accused of running a marijuana grow operation was caught this month threatening to harm the police officers that arrested him.
The threats are among a slew of profane-filled statements recorded on the county jail’s phone. They led to even more charges added to the case against Eldon W. Hamblin Feb. 8.
Hamblin, 37, was arrested in January after he threatened to harm an ex-roommate’s family. Police then discovered an indoor marijuana farm with 53 plants at his residence on North Street.
Hamblin faces charges of felony harassment and the manufacture of marijuana. He remains in custody in the Kitsap County jail.
Hamblin made phone calls from the jail, which are recorded, between Jan. 23 and
Authorities discovered Hamblin threatening police officers on the recordings.
“Let me out and see what happens,” he said on a phone call. “I will (expletive) all those mother (expletive).”
“I have their badge numbers,” Hamblin continued.
“I am going to line them all up, make them put their guns in their mouth then blow their heads off.”
The statements were made during calls to Hamblin’s ex-wife and another woman.
Other phone calls to Hamblin’s current wife led to additional charges of violating a court order.
A protection order was approved against Hamblin following his arrest, and he was prohibited from contacting his wife.
During a call on Feb. 7, however, Hamblin told his wife he didn’t care about the order not to contact her, or that prosecutors could charge him for it.
“The problem is they will keep getting us with no contacts, I don’t give a (expletive),” Hamblin said to his wife on the phone, according to police reports.
Hamblin proceeded to berate his wife, angry that she handed over his firearm to police.
“Are you (expletive) me?” Hamblin said. “Stop being a dumb (expletive) and stop talking to cops.”
As a felon, it is illegal for Hamblin to possess a firearm. Authorities said his father-in-law purchased it for him.
During a previous phone call, Hamblin asked his wife to retrieve the gun from their home.
Police did not discover it when they arrested Hamblin, and his wife placed it into storage.
Responding to the recorded calls, police asked Hamblin’s wife for the gun.
Officers retrieved a Ruger Archangel rifle, a small .22 caliber gun with the appearance of an assault weapon.
The rifle had been modified, and police also found two magazine clips had been taped together with the weapon. A laser sight had been attached to the rifle, and the barrel had been shortened, threaded and fitted with a copper device at the end. The stock was removed to make the rifle into a pistol-style weapon.
While berating his wife on the Feb. 7 phone call, Hamblin also gave instructions to call the prosecutor’s office.
He told his wife to say that he never assaulted anyone, that he had mental issues and therefore should not go to prison.
Hamblin also blamed others for his incarceration. Using racial epithets, he blamed the witness in the felony harassment charge as well as other friends.Contact Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer Richard D. Oxley at email@example.com or (206) 842-6613.