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Mon., April 14, 2014, 1:49 p.m.

Local Teen Drug Teen Is Movie Focus

Jonathan Daniel Brown, right, plays Nate Norman in the upcoming film
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)

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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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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