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Cartels stretching tribal police

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Matt Haney, police chief of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has two officers by day and three by night to patrol the 2,275 square miles of reservation under …


Tribal police: Cartels drive reservations’ drug problems

Matt Haney, police chief of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has two officers by day and three by night to patrol the 2,275 square miles of reservation under his jurisdiction.


Arrested Canadians toted pot in duffels, agents say

Two Canadian men face drug charges in U.S District Court after being caught near the border this week with what federal agents described as eight duffel bags of marijuana. William …


Two arrested after DEA finds pot near border

Two Canadian men face drug charges in U.S District Court after federal agents say they were caught near the border with eight duffel bags of marijuana Sunday night.


Homicide victim’s roommate arrested on drug charge

The roommate of a man found dead near Green Bluff last week has been arrested on a felony drug charge.


Probe connects homicide victim to pot ring

The man found shot to death near Green Bluff last week had been involved in a large marijuana operation for several years and had just paid off an $85,000 debt …


Homicide victim linked to drug ring

The man found shot to death near Green Bluff last week had been involved in a large marijuana operation for several years and had just paid off an $85,000 debt …


Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy

Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by …


Sophisticated pot fields a growing problem in Washington

Some of the most innovative farming techniques in the Northwest are being applied to a cash crop that isn’t wheat, apples or grapes. It’s a low-tech but high-stakes, high-risk venture …


Spokane police seize 40 pounds of pot, $70,000

A huge marijuana bust this morning uncovered an international operation that shipped duffel bags of pot down the Kettle River, according to the Spokane Police Department.


Police: Bad customer choice busts pot dealers

Two women will appear in Spokane County Superior Court today after police say they sold marijuana to a uniformed security officer with Spokane Transit Authority.


Pot-smuggling pilot gets nearly 4 years

A Canadian helicopter pilot who brought about 150 pounds of marijuana into North Idaho faces nearly four years in prison.


‘Unbearable’ odor was marijuana

After several weeks, a strange odor finally became “unbearable” for a Liberty Lake apartment dweller who called the Spokane Valley Fire Department for help. Assistant Fire Marshal Bill Clifford said …


Outside voices: Marijuana research needs change

Los Angeles Times, Sept. 4: When the federal Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a request for proposals seeking competitive applications for the production, analysis and distribution of …


SpoCannabis founder pleads not guilty to drug charges

A legal showdown over Washington’s medical marijuana law is taking shape in Spokane. At issue is a provision in the voter-approved law that allows caretakers to supply up to 1 …


Medical marijuana seller busted during buying trip

More than a thousand medical marijuana patients have purchased the drug at a small dispensary on Northwest Boulevard in Spokane in the nearly five months it’s been open. Business is …


Pot grower sentenced to 75 months

A Mexican national arrested a year ago when federal and state agents shut down a large marijuana growing operation in the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests was sentenced to 75 …


Pot grower ordered to pay for environmental damage

A Mexican national arrested last August when federal and state agents shut down a large marijuana growing operation in the Okanogan and Wenatchee national forests was sentenced to 75 months …


Marijuana plants found in cornfield near Reardan

Nearly 2,000 marijuana plants averaging 5 feet tall were uprooted from an irrigated cornfield north of Reardan, the Lincoln County sheriff said Thursday. Three suspects were arrested, including an undocumented …


Pot operation busted in Lincoln County cornfield

Nearly 2,000 marijuana plants averaging five feet in height were uprooted last week by authorities from an irrigated corn field north of Reardan, the Lincoln County sheriff said today.


Pot’s legal ambiguity clouds enforcement

A thief kicked in his door, ransacked his kitchen and stole his 8-ounce marijuana stash. So the victim called police. But the difference between this Spokane man’s story and a …


Pot establishing medicinal niche

Now that marijuana can be legally used to ease patients’ pain, dispensaries are opening in Spokane to provide it. And regardless of whether such stores are what Washington voters and …


40,000 marijuana plants found on tree farm

BURBANK — A southeast Washington narcotics team has seized about 40,000 marijuana plants in Walla Walla County.


Prolific pot seed seller feels U.S. pinch

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Psychedelic rock booms through The Vapour Lounge. In the store, young and some not-so-young people smoke pot through a variety of devices. And owner Marc Emery stands …


20 suspects arrested in marijuana ring

An organized crime task force has arrested 20 suspects and is looking for six more in what authorities describe as a major marijuana growing and distribution ring that’s operated in …


Feds arresting two dozen in drug bust

Federal agents are arresting an estimated two dozen people in the Spokane area and a few from Seattle in what’s described as a huge marijuana growing and distribution ring.


In brief: Bank teller’s tip leads to pot bust

Dollars and scents led deputies to nearly 2 pounds of marijuana and 20 pot plants Monday. A $2,300 cash deposit “that reeked of cannabis” prompted a banker to call the …


Stevens sheriff seizes 24,000 marijuana plants

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office on Monday afternoon announced the seizure of a large marijuana growing operation located last week on the Spokane Indian Reservation. More than 24,000 plants, with …


Seized marijuana worth millions

High-quality marijuana plants worth more than $127 million were seized during the past two weeks in eight Chelan County locations, police reported Thursday. Helicopters used to spot growing operations in …