According to a police report obtained by The Post Millennial, at the encampment located between Interstate-5 and the hospital in downtown Seattle, the explosion was a targeted attack on a fentanyl tent where 20 “customers” were inside using drugs.
One witness stated that minutes before the explosion, he saw the devices and alerted others inside. He added that everyone inside the tent “freaked out” and exited by lifting the other side of the structure to escape. The witness told police that he attempted to exit south due to hearing gunshots and flashing from the bush to the northeast but saw another improvised explosive device (IED) south of the structure and added that he heard someone yelling that the suspect in the attack was shooting at them.
Survivors told investigators that the former leader of the encampment named “Coconut” had recently been replaced and as a result had come back with a firearm and shot at both the “old smoking tent” and “new smoking tent” and held the people inside the tents at gunpoint, robbing them of “everything.”
According to court filings, Coconut is connected to drug trafficking operations in the area as was described in the report as a pacific islander/Asian male in his 50s with cornrow-style braids, with graying hair wearing a gray T-shirt and tan cargo pants. He was identified as Michael Bonito Poasa, 55, and is associated with a short white female with tan skin with the alias “Monkey” who has been identified as 39-year-old Michelle Desire Alojosin.
In 2020, Poasa was convicted of Arson in the first degree and in 2004 of domestic violence. He was also mentioned as a possible suspect for an arson in 2020.
One of the witnesses said Coconut made explosive devices from plastic buckets and had been teaching people in the encampment how to make IEDs.
A different witness saw the buckets placed around the tent with closed lids with a white and green wire coming out of the top of the buckets with a plastic bag attached.
Another witness added that there had been ongoing conflicts over $80,000 worth of fentanyl that was stolen from “The Asians” by one of the traffickers in the encampment and there was now a price on his head. He also believed the fire and explosion were retaliation for the recent shooting death of a person named ‘Foolish.'
Notorious graffiti vandal Cain Casey AKA Eagr was badly injured in the fire. He was recently released from jail, awaiting charges of allegedly causing over $200,000 in vandalism damage.
Though the encampment was destroyed in the fire, just a few days later tents, gas cans, propane, and even video cameras to monitor the drug tents were already being brought in by people attempting to rebuild it.
After the fire, addicts were found living in the trees and compared to an "Ewok Village."
According to KOMO News, another drug camp nearby caught fire earlier this year and officers found large sums of cash, drugs, and guns inside a similar tent used to host drug users.
The property the encampments are on belongs to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Last year Washington State awarded the embattled King County Regional Homelessness Authority $50 million in order to house people living on and around the freeways.
However, during the tenure of former King Country Regional Homeless Authority (KCRHA) CEO Marc Dones, a “luxury communist” and defund the police activist who was earning a six-figure salary, more homeless people died than were housed. Despite resigning from the agency in disgrace, Dones was recently hired by the city of Seattle to help deal with the homeless issue and will be earning $250 an hour.
Friday’s explosions highlighted Washington’s fentanyl crisis, which has spiraled out of control as elected officials do nothing to combat the problem.
This week, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), who has been MIA during the crisis and is up for re-election, hosted a roundtable discussion on the problem with other local leaders who have failed to act or actively advocated for policies that enable drug use.
The Seattle City Council failed to criminalize open-air drug use and possession leading drugs to become de facto legal. King County continues to fail to prosecute many drug-related crimes while officials like Rep Pramila Jayapal continue to advocate for open borders.
Overdose deaths in the Evergreen State are already up in 2023 over last year (524 so far in 2023 vs 1000 total in 2022) and will likely end up much higher, the largest spike of any state in the US.
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