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Man arrested for 39th time in connection with drug ring

Thu., April 4, 2013, 1:53 p.m.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will seek federal charges against a repeat offender arrested by detectives this morning on charges of possessing methamphetamine today, marking the man’s 39th arrest in Washington state.

Mark Bush, 38, and Crystal Peterson, 30, were accused of possessing about 11 ounces of meth valued at $13,000 to $19,000, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. They intended to deal the meth, investigators believe.

This morning was Bush’s 39th arrest in Washington state. His criminal history dates back to 1991 and fills 150 pages, the release said. He has six felony convictions and Peterson has four felony convictions.

Charging Bush in federal court is the same tactic used against 48-year-old Eddie Ray Hall to give him a longer prison sentence, Knezovich said. Hall is in federal prison until 2023.

There are about 300 repeat offenders in Spokane County, Knezovich said.

Investigators also found a 14-year-old boy at the home in the 1700 block of East Mallon Road, who said his father brought him there late last night from the Tri-Cities. When he woke up his father was no longer there, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Bush and Peterson told investigators they didn’t know who the boy was or how he got there. Investigators placed the boy with Child Protective Services and were unable to reach his parents.

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