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.
The arrests began Tuesday and are continuing today, said Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice.
A federal indictment returned Feb. 11 accuses the defendants of jointly conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana between 2001 and early this year.
The indictment also seeks forfeiture by the government of a long list of property allegedly purchased by the suspects with the profits of marijuana sales.
One of the first suspects arrested was Luyen V. Doan, also known as John Doan, who used the nickname “Tiger.” The indictment against him seeks forfeiture of a commercial property he owns at 3525 N. Division St. and lake front property on Diamond Lake in Pend Oreille County.
The indictment doesn’t specify where the marijuana was produced, but one official suggested investigators believe the pot was grown by the participants.
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