A massive investigation into a suspected drug and stolen property ring has led to allegations of a methamphetamine- and sex-fueled criminal enterprise operated by a once-prominent Spokane land developer.
The raid in January at Joseph G. Ward’s home along the shores of Long Lake (pictured above), northwest of Spokane, sparked a months-long probe by a Washington State patrol detective that explored an underworld of drugs, sex and thievery that documents suggest was a way of life at the millionaire’s home.
“With his money, he thought he was God,” Scott Johnson, a longtime felon and former police informant who was arrested with Ward in January, told authorities.
Johnson began staying at Ward’s home last year.
The 100-page probable cause affidavit offers this gem about how he operates: “Scott Johnson was stated to have been keeping a list of crimes committed by other criminals in case he was arrested again and believes he can just provide the information to detectives to get out of trouble.”