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Sirens & Gavels marijuana archive

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Police seize bank records after UPS finds pot

Detectives are investigating a 20-year-old Spokane man for money laundering after they say he tried to mail a pound of marijuana to Missouri. A search warrant authorizes detectives to access Johnathon A. Delay's Bank of America account, "and to seize any and all U.S currency...

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Couple in pot-case murder plot sentenced

A Post Falls couple targeted in what federal agents describe as a murder plot by a former developer received probation this week for a 2008 marijuana bust. Charles Hatridge, 49, was ordered to serve one month in federal prison in addition to four years probation....

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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

Coke smuggler in 'copter bust gets 10 years

The last of two drug smugglers arrested in Utah with cocaine bound for a young helicopter pilot in the Colville National Forest has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Ross N. Legge, 54, (right) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine last week...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

A Newport, Wash., man is accused of causing a car crash on Interstate 84 in Oregon early Wednesday that left his passenger in critical condition and led police to three pounds of marijuana.
Joshua Samuel McDonald, 25, was arrested after his 2000 Chevrolet Impala slammed into the left rear corner of a semi-trailer and continued under the rear of the rig, ripping the car's roof. (Oregon State Police)

Woman injured, pot found after car crash

A Newport, Wash., man is accused of causing a car crash on Interstate 84 in Oregon that left his passenger in critical condition and led police to three pounds of marijuana. Joshua Samuel McDonald, 25, (left) was arrested after his 2000 Chevrolet Impala slammed into...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010

Feds: Murder plot uncovered in pot case

A Las Vegas developer acquitted by a federal jury in a North Idaho marijuana distribution case remains jailed without bail, now accused of conspiring to kill the prosecution’s key witnesses, including a Post Falls couple who testified against him. Kelly J. Polatis, (left) who worked...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

Charge: Pot suspect harassed cop via text

The text messages to the Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy came after a raid at a suspected marijuana grow house. “(W)ee can either b friends or enemies,” the cryptic message began, urging police to drop their probe and alluding to dire consequences that could befall the...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010

This still image from police video shows evidence seized in the arrest of Kruz Hawkins on suspicion of selling marijuana Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. Hawkins' father, Ricky Hawkins, was also arrested. (Courtesy of Spokane Police Department)

Police: Father, son sold pot to students 

Police arrested a 20-year-old Spokane man and his father today on suspicion of selling marijuana to high school students in northwest Spokane. Kruz Hawkins (right) was arrested after he rode his bike to the parking lot of Pizza Pipeline on Wellesley Avenue, where police believe...

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MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2010

More charges in pot border smuggling

The owner of the Ferry County property where drug agents caught two Canadian pot smugglers last fall faces federal marijuana charges. Harold Oscar Strandberg, of Danville, is accused of using his property at Fourth of July Creek Road, which is on the U.S.-Canadian border, to...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010

Bust nabs 80 pounds of marijuana

The suspected leader of an interstate marijuana distribution ring was arrested this week after investigators seized more than 80 pounds of marijuana, his Mercedes Benz and several guns, according to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Trent R. Harris, 27, of Kennewick was arrested Wednesday by...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2010

Plea deals reveal drug ring details

Several Spokane businesses were fronts for a multimillion dollar marijuana distribution ring busted after a four-year investigation that involved a Massachusetts donut shop, tens of thousands of tapped phone calls and a car crash that revealed a $130,000 cash stash, new documents allege. The operation...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010

Canadian pot smugglers: We're guilty

Two Canadian men who smuggled marijuana into Ferry County last fall pleaded guilty to three federal drug charges today. William Richard Paterson, 50, and Jahrum David Oakes, 32, both of Kelowna B.C, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to distribute 50 kilograms...

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MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2010

Drugs, helicopters and death threats 

A reputed drug runner who leased the helicopter flown by the young man who committed suicide in Spokane County Jail has been indicted in U.S. District Court in Seattle. This came after Colin Martin reportedly tried negotiating U.S. protection for his smuggling ring in exchange...

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MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2009

Pot law proposal postponed 

Marijuana advocates won't have a chance of seeing relaxed enforcement of pot laws in Spokane anytime soon. A ballot initiative seeking to make marijuana offenses the "lowest law enforcement priority" has legal issues with its language that supporters wanted to address before presenting it to...

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MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

Details emerge in big pot bust

A big marijuana bust last month started in March when drug detectives grew suspicious of a man arrested with four pounds of marijuana, according to search warrants. That man, Frank Kimberling, has not been charged in Spokane County Superior Court, but two men arrested Oct....

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2009

FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2009

Pot advocates protest outside courthouse

Medical marijuana advocates rallied outside the Spokane County Courthouse today. Led by dispensary owner Chantel Jackson and a bullhorn, the protesters saved signs advocating medical marijuana and asking where patients can buy their supply now that dispensaries have been warned to shut down. Their main...

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