BATTLE GROUND, Wash. Cops had to negotiate a sea of dirty needles while busting a junkie lair in Battle Ground Thursday morning, police said.

Officers had been monitoring the drug den at 21614 NE 259th Street in Battle Ground for several weeks after neighbors complained that people were selling heroin there, said drug task force commander Mike Cooke with the Clark County Sheriff s Office.

Police arrested 23-year-old Michael Thompson, 24-year-old Leonard Langdon II, and 24-year-old Jeremy Howem for possession of heroin.

Sheila Ann Langdon, 51, was charged with maintaining a drug dwelling.

As detectives scoured the home, they turned up small amounts of heroin and methamphetamine, along with drug scales, paraphernalia, a handgun, and $8,700 in cash, Cooke said. Detectives also found a stolen car that was stripped of parts.

Customers would park down the street at the side of the road and then walk several hundred feet to the house. Then they would walk up to a window where the hand-to-hand transaction would take place, Cooke said. That business model works for fast food but not necessarily for heroin in a rural residential area.

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