Palouse-area police raided two houses Wednesday morning and arrested eight Washington State University students on a variety of marijuanarelated charges.
The haul was small - totaling less than half a pound - but one officer in the Quad Cities Drug Task Force said the arrests knocked out a key source of pot to the WSU campus.
The house at 310 N.E. Whitman St. “is one of the main suppliers on campus, at least for marijuana,” said Detective Pat Kelley, a Whitman County sheriff’s deputy. Other members of the task force are the cities of Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston, Clarkston and Asotin, and Nez Perce and Garfield counties.
Police with a search warrant raided the Whitman Street house about 7 a.m., waking its residents and arresting Darren G. Wendell, 24; Allan Y. Lim, 24; Edward J. Fedele, 19; Steven J. Greenawalt, 21; and Michael E. Miller, 22.
Wendell was found with a quarter pound of marijuana and Lim was found with an ounce, authorities said. They were both charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy, and Lim was also charged with delivery of marijuana.
All five suspects were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Kelley said police knew marijuana was being sold from the house for more than a year, with neighbors reporting a lot of traffic. He said a confidential informant also reported buying marijuana at the home recently.
In a related raid, police entered a home at 215 N.W. Coryell St. at 9:30 a.m. and arrested a man and two women. Charged with delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia was Mason T. Parke, 21. Also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were Quilene M. Chittick, 20, and Tara K. Longen, who turned 21 last week.
Kelley said the marijuana found at the two homes was a potent, locally grown variety that sold for $400 to $500 an ounce.