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Police raid meth house for 4th time

Spokane police raided a suspected drug home in Hillyard for the fourth time in several months last week.

Suspect Thomas W. Grosstueck, 51, recently was released from jail because prosecutors didn't file charges within 72 hours as required.

Grosstueck already faces a felony meth distribution charge related to a SWAT team raid at his home at 3012 E. Olympic Ave. on July 6.

Spokane police Lt. Dave Richards said it was their third visit to the home in six months.

The police SWAT team raided the home again on July 29

Police saw 10 complaints about drug traffic at the home were filed between September 2009 and October 2010. That led police to employ a confidential informant, who once told them “there was a line of people waiting to purchase meth” at the home. “The CI sated that they were currently fourth in line,” according to a search warrant.

On July 26, police used confidential informant to buy meth at the home again. Grosstueck didn't have any of the drug for sale, but he smoked meth in front of the informant and had trace amounts of it on scales, which led to a judge authorizing the July 29 search.

Grosstueck to be arraigned on the drug charge from July 6 next week.


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