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Sirens & Gavels cocaine archive

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Man nets 2nd police chase in 3 weeks 

A Spokane man arrested at gunpoint after a police chase three weeks ago was picked up again Tuesday morning after another chase with law enforcement. A profusely sweaty Michael S. Wheeler, 38, was taken to a hospital after he told a sheriff's deputy he had...

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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012

3 busted near border w/ 58 lbs of coke 

Three suspected drug smugglers have been arrested near the U.S.-Canadian border in Pend Oreille County with 58 pounds of cocaine. Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 26, and Jose Luis Alfredo Castro-Meji, 25, were booked into the Spokane County Jail early today after being arrested near Metaline Falls...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012

2 sentenced in CdA bar cocaine case

A Coeur d'Alene man involved in a large cocaine distribution ring that was based in part out of a Sherman Avenue bar has been sentenced to four years in prison. Christopher McFarland, 49, (left) also is to be on probation for five years and has...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

Wigged felon with gun, drugs charged 

A fugitive felon arrested in Spokane with drugs and a gun while wearing a wig and sunglasses has been indicted by a federal grand jury. James Anthony Stinson, 41, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of being a felon in possession of...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012

Spokane thieves target Bogart, Newman

Six stolen portraits of old movie stars led to a Spokane woman's arrest on drug and burglary charges Monday. A resident in the 3600 block of East 21st Avenue arrived home about 8:40 a.m. to find a silver Toyota parked in his driveway, according to...

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012

Speeding stop yields 2.5 lbs. of cocaine

A traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Ritzville yielded nearly 2 1/2 pounds of packaged cocaine and led to the arrest of two men recently. Marshall Jay Devore, 31, and Rudolph Salvador Pyne, 32, are facing federal drugs charges in U.S. District Court in Spokane...

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

Nail salon crack cocaine suspect indicted

A man accused of selling crack cocaine out of a Spokane nail salon has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Paul Lamar Rios, 30, was one of several people arrested Thursday during a widespread drug and gun investigation by the Spokane Violent Crimes Gang...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Officer kills self after being arrested

SEATTLE (AP) — A longtime police officer arrested in a cocaine sting shot himself to death in the Cascade Mountain foothills hours after he was released from jail, the department said Thursday. Richard F. Nelson, a patrolman in South Seattle for the past 21 years,...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011

Canadian cocaine smuggler gets 4 years

A Canadian man caught with 71 pounds of cocaine near the international border in February has been sentenced to about four years in prison. Jonathan Darren "Grundy" Smith, 40, is to serve 51 months for possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of...

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Elderly man indicted in drug conspiracy

A 77-year-old man who lived near the Canadian border in Ferry County is accused of being a major drug trafficker. Alvin O. Shields was allowed to leave the Spokane County Jail on Tuesday, where he was booked Sunday on federal cocaine and marijuana charges that...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Crime Stoppers targets 2 drug suspects 

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for tips that lead to the arrest of two accused drug dealers. Tysen R. Foster, 25, is charged with four drug felonies related to alleged cocaine transactions with confidential informants in February, March and April, and from a jail strip...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011

Spokane dad arrested for selling coke

An unemployed Spokane father was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs after police found cocaine in his car during a traffic stop. Thomas J. Boring's 7-year-old son was with him in his gray Ford pickup when a Spokane County sheriff's deputy stopped the vehicle near...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

20+ indicted on meth, cocaine charges

At least 22 people have been indicted in a major cocaine and methamphetamine investigation in Eastern Washington. Federal agents arrests suspects in the Tri-Cities, Grant County and Spokane areas Thursday. The indictment, which is filed under seal in U.S. District Court, includes charges of conspiracy...

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THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011

1-time Hells Angels cook pleads guilty

In a case of be careful of who you cook pasta for, a Spokane marijuana grower faces a potentially longer prison term because of his culinary association with known members of the Hells Angels biker gang. Patrick D. Bozarth Jr., 31, pleaded guilty Wednesday in...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

Woman in family crack case sentenced

A woman whose mother helped her son sell crack cocaine has been sentenced to about nine years in federal prison. Nicole D. Hilliard, 34, is to serve 110 months in prison for possession with intent to deliver 50 grams or more of cocaine. Hilliard was...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

Pot supplier in Carlson case sentenced

A marijuana supplier connected to the man who helped arrest former school booster and Coeur d'Alene insurance giant Jerry Carlson was sentenced this week to four years in prison. Jesus N. Ortega, 57, of Tucson, Ariz., admitted to supplying former Bayview, Idaho, contractor Theodore Bruck...

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Canadian cocaine smuggler pleads guilty

A Canadian man suspected of being a major international drug smuggler has pleaded guilty to a federal cocaine charge. Jonathan Darren "Grundy" Smith, 39, faces 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in August. Smith was arrested near the border Feb. 16 with two backpacks...

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

Cops: Man left crack cocaine in patrol car

A Spokane gang member accused of helping a murder suspect now faces federal drug charges for 38 grams of crack cocaine found in a patrol car after his arrest. A confidential informant arranged a drug buy with Christopher "Baby Boy" Route, 24, at a convenience...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

CdA coke kingpin sentenced to 15 years 

A longtime Coeur d'Alene cocaine dealer who laundered money through a bar and restaurant has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. James Roy "Slim" O'Neill, 49, was the kingpin of a cocaine distribution ring that supplied the drug in North Idaho for at least...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011

Hells Angel arraigned on federal charges

A member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club pleaded not guilty Monday to gun and drug charges. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, was booked into Spokane County Jail after his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno in U.S. District Court in Spokane. Fitzpatrick is charged with...

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MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011

Grand jury indicts Hells Angel member

A grand jury has indicted a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on federal drug and gun charges. Michael Ryan Fitzpatrick, 33, is accused of conspiring with two unidentified people to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Fitzpatrick was arrested on a marijuana charge March 4,...

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MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

Man arrested 30 mins after eluding police

A police chase through downtown ended this morning because officers deemed it too dangerous, but the suspect was arrested 30 minutes later. Leroy K. Berra, 44, was stopped just before 3 a.m. near Monroe Street and Shannon Avenue and arrested for drunken driving, driving while...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011

Felon arrested w/ pistol, cocaine, weed

Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan: A 23-year-old Spokane man was arrested Wednesday evening after a deputy discovered drugs and a pistol inside his vehicle during a traffic stop. Deputy Daryl Smith was southbound on Market from Hawthorne Road about 7:30 p.m. when...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

Cocaine suspect already on DEA's radar

A Canadian man arrested with 71 pounds of cocaine near the international border is believed to be a major drug smuggler who's been on the Drug Enforcement Administration's radar since 2009, prosecutors said Wednesday. Family members of Jonathan Darren Smith, 39, wrote letters to the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011

No charges in accidental WSP shooting

A Washington State Patrol sergeant who shot an unarmed pregnant woman during a drug raid in Spokane last fall will not face criminal charges, officials confirmed Tuesday. Sgt. Lee Slemp has been on paid administrative leave since the Sept. 24 incident. He will return to...

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