Sirens & Gavels

Ninja weaponry found at drug and car theft bust near Newport

A raid on a suspected car theft and marijuana-growing operation in rural Pend Oreille County earlier this week revealed the suspects may have been planning some unconventional self-defense.

Court documents show several anticipated items turned up in the search, which was conducted in conjunction with U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Spokane County Sheriff's SWAT team. Drug paraphernalia, large quantities of cash and an unspecified number of marijuana plants.

The throwing stars, however, seemed out of place with the modern ballistic weapons authorities unearthed. 

Agencies raided the property southwest of Newport after a suspect in a car theft detailed a stolen parts for drugs operation taking place in the area. Neighbors reported the clamor of bulldozers at all hours of the night followed by trailers pulling crushed cars from the property.

Two men were arrested in the raid. The search warrant authorizes authorities to search Walter Randall Todd, who was reported as out of custody from the Pend Oreille County jail on Thursday.

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