A huge marijuana bust this morning uncovered an international operation that shipped duffel bags of pot down the Kettle River, according to the Spokane Police Department.
About 40 pounds of marijuana, $70,000 and a grow room were found at a home in Stevens County in an investigation police say was triggered by the suspicions of an officer who died of cancer Oct. 5.
Officer Aaron Douglas (right) suspected there was more to a case of a man found with 10 pounds of marijuana a few months ago.
The investigation involved people selling the drug "using the cover of selling medical marijuana," according to a news release.
The case was about to close, but Douglas' suspicions led investigators to search a home this morning.
David Raugust, 28, and Greg Breken, 52, were arrested on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
"Seized ledgers indicated transactions of over $100,000 were being conducted," according to the news release.
Spokane police Officer Devin Presta said the operation apparently involved B.C bud being imported to the United States by backpack and river rafts.
Look for more details next week when the search warrant and probable cause affidavits are available.