Members of the Franklin County drug task force hit pay dirt last week when they went to a Washington apartment to arrest a suspect on an outstanding warrant.

Three people were arrested, including two on outstanding warrants, and several others were questioned during the raid at the apartment in the 1400 block of East Fifth Street, investigators said.

Task force officers also seized about one-quarter gram of heroin, according to Detective Kody Lucas.

Investigators went to the apartment about 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, looking to arrest Robert J. Bell, 32, on several outstanding warrants and when they arrived and knocked on the door, Bell came walking down a hallway and was taken into custody, Lucas said.

At that point a woman opened the door of the apartment and detectives observed drug paraphernalia in plain view.

“Then guests started arriving,” Lucas said.

Two other people who came to the apartment were arrested, including Mary A. Willis, 21, on an outstanding St. Louis City felony drug charge, and a 26-year-old Washington man who was in possession of several “beans,” or capsules, of suspected heroin, Lucas said.

Another man and woman who arrived at the apartment were suspected of delivering a quantity of heroin, but they recognized detectives and fled, one on foot and the other in a car, Lucas said.

Narcotics detectives recognized the two and are looking for them, he said.

In all, three people were taken to jail and three others were questioned when they showed up at the apartment, Lucas said.

“It was a good sting for us,” he noted.

The 26-year-old man was not identified because he has not been charged in a warrant. He was booked and questioned and released later.

Lucas said Bell was wanted on multiple outstanding charges, including driving while license revoked, possession of a controlled substance, failure to appear and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Evidence seized in the investigation will be sent to the Missouri Highway Patrol lab for analysis.