Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Friday, October 30, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 34° Partly Cloudy
News >  Spokane

Woman who ran drug trafficking ring sentenced to prison

A woman identified by police and federal investigators as the leader of a violent drug trafficking ring in Spokane was sentenced to 15 years in prison this week.

Aarayana Leigh Malcolm, 46, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in October. In addition to 15 years in prison she was sentenced to 10 years of probation, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The investigation into Malcolm began when a towing company reported finding over 340 grams of meth and 50 grams of black tar heroin in a car she had been driving. Malclom was eventually connected to three drive-by shootings and an improvised explosive device that detonated under a car in the 5800 block of North Monroe in June 2013, the release said.

Seven additional people involved in the drug trafficking ring have pleaded guilty to charges ranging from being a felon in possession of explosives to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.

New health insurance plans available Nov. 1 through Washington Healthplanfinder

 (Photo courtesy WAHBE)

Fall means the onset of the cold and flu season.