Tip leads cops to bust huge pot ring

Tip leads cops to bust huge pot ring

Tip leads cops to bust huge pot ring

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by Lee Stoll

NWCN.com

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:43 PM

 

SPOKANE—A tip led the Special Investigative Unit of the Spokane Police Department to bust a huge marijuana dealing operation in Stevens County today that allegedly had suspects rafting down the Kettle River with huge duffle bags full of pot.

Police said several months ago a person who was supplying a man in northeast Spokane with medical marijuana ratted his customer out and said the customer was not must using medical marijuana, but selling it as well.

That tip led investigators to set up surveillance on the customer’s house.

During the surveillance the suspect and another man were allegedly observed tearing down a large marijuana grow operation and moving it to a house in a rural area in southwest Stevens County that was busted today along Highway 291, northwest of Spokane.

Police said their investigation revealed the marijuana ring was both growing weed and receiving it from Canada. They found waterproof duffle bags that they said were floated down the Kettle River on rafts from Canada.

When a SWAT team entered the house in Stevens County today, they arrested two people.

Police said they found bags upon bags of marijuana left out in the open. They later weighed the bags and it came out to at least 40 pounds of weed. They also found at least $70,000 in cash stuffed in bags.

Police said Ledgers seized at the house allegedly showed the suspects were running a business that saw hundreds of thousands of dollars change hands in a massive operation.

Police also found grow lights, fans and a cement mixer for making potting soil.

Investigators also said that the bust could not have been made without the help of Officer Aaron Douglas of the Spokane Police Dept. who two weeks ago from leukemia. Douglas helped with technical support in the surveillance.

The names of the suspects in the case have not been released and police did not say if the original medical marijuana customer was one of them.

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