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Spokane Valley man sentenced to 25 years in methamphetamines ring bust

Wed., Nov. 6, 2013, 5:38 p.m.

A Spokane Valley man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Wednesday after he was convicted of running a methamphetamine ring in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Ian M. Harris, 41, was arrested in April after the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at his warehouse on 316 S. Dishman Mica Road, according to a news release.

Harris traveled to the Tri-Cities area every 10 days to buy meth, then distributed it in the Spokane area to individuals who sold the drugs in Washington and Idaho, according to the release. At one point, Harris had eight to ten pounds of methamphetamines after a trip to the Tri-Cities.

Investigators found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition, firearms and a small amount of meth in a secret room inside the warehouse. They also found guns, explosives and ammunition in Harris’ Chevrolet Camaro.

Investigators also discovered three pounds of methamphetamine and several loaded handguns in motorcycle saddle bags in the master bedroom of Harris’ home, according to the release.

Harris pleaded guilty on Aug. 5 in the Eastern District of Washington United States District Court to charges of conspiracy to distribute meth and possession with intent to distribute meth.

He was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison and 10 years under court supervision after his release.

“The 25-year sentence imposed in this case reflects the serious impact that methamphetamine has on communities,” U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby said in a statement Wednesday.

Harris has two previous felony convictions of possession of meth in addition to other felonies, court records show.

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