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Police raid alleged Hillyard drug house

A Spokane police SWAT team this evening raided a home in Hillyard considered a problem drug house and arrested at least six people, including the home’s owner.

Officers served a search warrant at 3012 E. Olympic Ave. shortly before 7 p.m. There were 14 people inside. The home has been under surveillance for some time, police said.

“There have been tons of people in and out (of the house) and we’ve had neighborhood problems,” said Spokane police Lt. Dave Richards.

Neighborhood leaders have worked with police to try to clean up the problems at the home, owned by Thomas W. Grosstueck, according to county records. Tonight’s raid was the third time in six months that search warrants have been served at the home, Richards said.

Grosstueck, 51, was arrested for delivery of controlled substance - methamphetamine, said police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe. Kelly R. Monroe, 26, Leah A. Long, 48, Teresa S. Stoddart, 43, and Gary B. Olive, 43, were also arrested for possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, police said. Thomas F. Deboise, 47, was arrested for a felony Department Of Corrections warrant.

Richards added that because Grosstueck has been unwilling to clean up the problems with the house, the city may attempt to abate the property.



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