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Jonathan Daniel Brown, right, plays Nate Norman in the upcoming film “Kid Cannabis.” A Hayden native, Norman went from being a Pizza Hut delivery boy to operating a multi-million dollar drug organization focused on the import of marijuana from Canada into North Idaho. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

When the corpse of a young Hayden Lake man was discovered in the woods near Mokins Bay in 2002, Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brad Maskell said he initially thought he would be investigating a dumped body. But the investigation into the death of 20-year-old Brendan Butler, the adopted son of a wealthy Hayden Lake family, uncovered more than a murder. It revealed that before his death, Butler was the head of a drug smuggling operation that was importing “BC Bud,” a potent strain of Canadian-grown marijuana, into North Idaho. “It grew into a very large investigation with tentacles out into a lot of different areas,” Maskell said. “That murder investigation took us through the drug world that existed here in Coeur d'Alene at the time,” Maskell added/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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