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Feds charge casino-going meth suspect

A Spokane man arrested with large amounts of cash and several ounces of methamphetamine on three occasions this year has been charged in federal court.

David B. Hill, 42, was arrested Aug. 24 after a confidential informant told Spokane police he sold large quantities of meth from Spokane motels and frequently gambled with large amounts of cash at Northern Quest Casino.

Police traced him to the Apple Tree Motel, 9508 N. Division St., where he was staying with his 22-year-old girlfriend, Hailey B. Smith.They arrested him on an Adams County drug warrant and found more than $5,000 and 7 ounces of meth in the room.

Hill left jail on bond but was arrested again Sept. 19 as he drove from a home at 2802 N. Locust with a stolen Beretta handgun, more than $14,000 and three baggies of meth weighing more than 3 ounces. He hasn't left jail since - he was charged in U.S. District Court Sept. 22 with two counts of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of meth.

The charges are connected to 18 ounces of meth seized from Hill on Jan. 18 near Northern Quest. Police also found a gun and more than $15,000 cash. Hill and his 20-year-old passenger, Tara Radar, were arrested, but no charges were filed until the grand jury indictment last week.

A convicted felon, Hill also could face charges for the seized handgun. He's being held without bond at the Spokane County Jail.

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