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Mexican officials arrested for alleged ties to drug war

MEXICO CITY – Mexican security forces swept into President Felipe Calderon’s home state of Michoacan on Tuesday and arrested 27 government officials, the largest operation to target politicians in Mexico’s …


Man found guilty in scheme to dispense 200 pounds of meth

FARGO, N.D. – A man accused of leading a conspiracy to distribute hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine in North Dakota, primarily through the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, is facing life …


Grand jury indicts ex-Cougar Leaf

CANYON, Texas – Former Washington State University and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been indicted by a Randall County grand jury on drug and burglary charges. The indictment handed up …


Two men wanted in prescription pill burglary

An overnight prescription pill heist at a Spokane health clinic may have been solved partly because of a stolen cell phone left near a broken pharmacy door.


Ring used copters to ferry drugs

SEATTLE – A significant drug trafficking operation that used helicopters to fly cocaine north into Canada and marijuana south into Washington state and Idaho has been dismantled, authorities said Tuesday. …


U.S. ramps up help in Mexico drug war

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration promised Tuesday to help Mexico fight its drug war by cutting off the cartels’ supply of guns and profits, while resisting the Texas governor’s call …


Illegal drug trade using ultralight aircraft

Farmworkers who arrived at a San Luis, Ariz., lettuce field the morning of Nov. 17 found a grisly scene: the wreckage of an ultralight aircraft and the body of the …


Warrant covered strip search, city says

Looking at the prospect of paying more than $1 million in damages, the city of Spokane and its Police Department tried Monday to persuade a federal judge to reverse his …


Teaching perils of drug use

As a mother, I get some of my best material from headlines. Every Hollywood princess in rehab, every celebrity death by overdose, and every pregnant teen from Bristol Palin to …


Police bust opium operation in Grant County

Investigators found what could be Grant County’s first known indoor opium growing operation during a raid this week just south of Ephrata.


Spring break alert issued for Mexico

PHOENIX – The U.S. State Department and universities around the country are warning college students headed for Mexico for some spring-break partying of a surge in drug-related murder and mayhem …


Hundreds arrested in cartel probe

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Wednesday that authorities have arrested more than 730 people across the country in a 21-month investigation targeting Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel and its infiltration …


CdA businessman faces federal cocaine charges

A prominent Coeur d’Alene insurance agent and school booster charged with possessing cocaine this month is part of a larger criminal conspiracy investigation involving at least a half a kilogram …


Army says teen death at Fort Lewis possibly drug-related

The death of a 16-year-old civilian girl at a Fort Lewis barracks is drug related, Army investigators say.


CdA civic booster busted on cocaine charge

A prominent Coeur d’Alene insurance agent and school booster spent the weekend in jail after being arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession. Investigators raided a storage center behind Jerry S. …


Idaho Meth Project: Teens see greater drug risk

A new survey by the Idaho Meth Project shows that more teens believe it’s risky to use methamphetamine than in 2007, but that belief doesn’t yet appear to be changing …


In-the-buff defecators? Case solved

Spokane police officers don’t make enough money. I know. That’s not the sort of sentiment you’re used to hearing out of my mouth.


Surge of anti-meth ads hints at what’s to come

Graphic anti-meth ads running on TV and in newspapers around the Inland Northwest are just a taste of what Idaho’s in for next year. When the Idaho Meth Project kicks …


Public officials line up for drug tests

More than two dozen public officials submitted urine samples for drug testing Monday to set an example for the rest of the community and send a message that illegal drug …


Agents Raid State Line Meth Lab Toxic Chemicals Found Near Kids’ Play Area In The Basement Of Kootenai County Home

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Businessman Admits Growing Marijuana To Prop Up Company Owner Was Trying To Bail Out Failing Rafting Business

A Spokane businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday to growing commercial quantities of marijuana so he could funnel profits into his failing white-water rafting business. David C. Jeffries admitted growing 100-200 marijuana …


Man Guilty Of Weapons, Drug Charges

A Spokane Valley methamphetamine dealer faces at least 15 years in prison after being convicted by a U.S. District Court jury of drug and firearms charges. Richard Pollard, who hid …


Passenger In Drug Car Sought

Authorities are looking for the passenger in a car that was stopped on Labor Day near Ritzville carrying more than $76,000 worth of drugs. Jeffrey Pranskitis, 23, of Grand Rapids, …


Troopers Discover Drugs In Car

A car stopped for speeding on Interstate 90 near Ritzville Monday morning was carrying enough drugs to get everyone in the city of Coeur d’Alene high. The car held at …


Guard Flyovers Spot Marijuana

Helicopter crews spotted a total of 1,741 marijuana plants in four locations during flyovers by the Washington National Guard, the Walla Walla County sheriff’s office said. The mature plants would …


Prowler Threatens To Kill Teenage Girl

An intruder threatened to kill a teenage girl early Monday in her Spokane Valley home. The 16-year-old girl told deputies that she was awakened by a man who got onto …


Portable Drug Lab Taken In Operation Circle Raid Four Enforcement Agencies Focus On Methamphetamine Dealers, Users

A police raid Monday at a north Spokane County home was another score for Operation Circle. Investigators from four law enforcement agencies are working together to nab dealers and users …


Medicinal Use Of Marijuana Debated ‘Green Cross’ Supplied Sick With Pot Until Police Raid

The scientific community may be split on the medicinal value of marijuana, but don’t tell Tacoma lawyer Ralph Seeley it doesn’t work. Seeley said he smoked pot for the first …


Police Find Drugs In Baby’s Car Seat

Three people driving a stolen car early Friday were arrested by a Washington State Patrol trooper, who also found drugs hidden in an infant’s safety seat. Brenda Brissonette, 32, of …


8 WSU Students Face Marijuana-Related Charges Police Raid Two Houses, Including ‘One Of Main Suppliers On Campus’

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 …