Smoke, smell lead to marijuana busts

In the last week it seemed that Liberty Lake was the place for people to pull over and light up their marijuana pipes. Liberty Lake Police made arrests in two instances where suspicious parked cars were spotted and officers could smell the distinctive odor of the drug. In one case clouds of smoke were billowing out of the car, said police chief Brian Asmus.

At 9:30 p.m. on March 5 an officer spotted a car parked on a dead-end street in the 19700 block of Shannon Ave. at a 45-degree angle to the roadway, Asmus said. When the officer approached, it was evident that the car was filled with smoke. A lot of it came out when the driver opened the door to talk to the officer, Asmus said. The driver, a 17-year-old Spokane Valley boy, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

When the officer spoke to the 16-year-old Liberty Lake boy in the passenger seat, a set of brass knuckles were in view, Asmus said. The passenger was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a dangerous weapon.

The next day an officer spotted an occupied vehicle parked in the 2000 block of North Glenbrook Road at 5:45 a.m. The two men in the car said they were on their way home from Idaho, Asmus said. The officer could smell the odor of marijuana and the two reportedly admitted smoking the drug, Asmus said. A still warm smoking device was in the car.

An 18-year-old Spokane Valley man and 21-year old Spokane Valley man were both arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Other arrests during the week of Feb. 28 to March 7 include three for driving with a suspended license. A car hit a pedestrian at the intersection of Molter Road and Mission Ave. at 4:30 p.m. on March 2. The pedestrian received minor injuries and the accident is under investigation, Asmus said.

Someone moving from California to Liberty Lake reported on March 2 that a computer, monitor and paper shredder turned up missing when the moving truck arrived.

A Liberty Lake resident reported on March 5 that she believed her ex-husband had abused their child while the child was staying with him in Grant County, Asmus said. Liberty Lake Police conducted interviews, then referred the case to Grant County authorities since the alleged abuse occurred there.

During the week officers handed out five citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance, five for defective muffler, three for speeding and two for use of a cell phone. Additional citations were given for violating an intermediate license, suspension of registration, failure to stop at a red light and failure to yield to an approaching emergency vehicle.

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