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Edwards arrestee appeals sentence

A Spokane methamphetamine dealer ordered to spend 15 years in federal prison is trying to get his sentence overturned, in part because it was investigated by a now-fired Spokane police officer.

David Brian Hill’s request is the latest twist in an investigation into potentially questionable partnerships between Spokane County law enforcement officers and local bail bondsmen and bounty hunters.

The investigation restarted earlier this year, and two Washington State Patrol employees, Dave Bolton and Jeff Thoet, spent six weeks on paid leave amid possible criminal allegations. The two returned to work late last month, but the investigation into their work with unlicensed bounty hunter Dennis Kariores is ongoing.

Read the rest of my story here.

Past coverage:

Jan 29: Officer's ruse with bounty hunter, fugitive led to suspension

Casino-going meth dealer gets 15 years

A longtime methamphetamine dealer who's never served more than two years in prison was sentenced recently to 15 years.

David B. Hill, 42, was arrested with large amounts of cash and meth three times in nine months, the last occurring Sept. 19, three days before a grand jury indicted him on federal drug charges.

Hill had 3 ounces of meth and more than $14,000 in his car. He was arrested Aug. 24 with 7 ounces of meth and about $5,000, and on Jan. 18, 2010, with 18 ounces of meth and $15,000 near Northern Quest Casino.

Hill sold large quantities of meth from Spokane motels and frequented gambled with large amounts of cash at Northern Quest.

Hill was sentenced to 180 months in prison Monday, to be followed by six years of probation. His lawyer, John McEntire, had asked for 13 years, saying his client needs treatment for his drug addiction and dreams of making a living modifying cars and motorcycles.

McEntire said Hill's three arrests in just nine months were “shocking.”

“That is not rational thinking; instead, it is decision making motivated solely by a nearly thirty-year addiction to methamphetamine,” McEntire wrote. “Simply put, he needed to sell to support his daily habit, which amounted to approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine per day.”

McEntire noted that Hill has never served more than 24 months.

“This significant sentence increase represents the harsh difference between state and federal drug penalties,” McEntire wrote. “It also represents a complete shock for Mr. Hill.”

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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