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Former candidate for governor arrested, charged with marijuana trafficking

Twin Falls podiatrist, anti-nuclear activist and former candidate for governor Peter Rickards has been arrested for trafficking in marijuana, the Twin Falls Times-News reports. The newspaper reports that Rickards was arrested at his home on May 24, and investigators with a search warrant seized 4.3 pounds of processed marijuana and 32 live plants.

Rickards ran for governor as an independent in 1998, and received 3.2 percent of the vote. In 2008, he ran for the state House of Representatives as a Democrat, collecting 27.9 percent of the vote, compared to 72.1 percent for GOP victor Jim Patrick.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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