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New Zealand police: Drug raid nets half-ton of meth

New Zealand police say they’ve made the nation’s largest-ever methamphetamine bust after pulling over an RV loaded with a half-ton of the drug, which was likely manufactured overseas.

Police say woman killed near Ritzville as her son watched

A 3-year-old boy watched as his father bludgeoned his mother with a hammer and stabbed her with a screwdriver in a gruesome killing along Interstate 90 west of Ritzville on Tuesday, according to court documents.

Court docs: Spokane Valley man beaten by wife, her mother, 4 others

A Spokane Valley woman and her mother allegedly recruited four men to help beat up the woman’s husband and steal belongings from his home. The man and his mother-in-law both have served time in federal prison for dealing or struggling methamphetamine.

Man pleads guilty in methamphetamine trafficking case

A reputed drug trafficker linked to a major Eastern Washington methamphetamine ring pleaded guilty to federal charges on Thursday. Rafael Villa-Rico could face up to life in prison when sentenced in October, but the standard sentencing range is 14 to 18 years, authorities said. He was arrested on Jan. 2 and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine following an earlier Tri-Cities raid that yielded about 4 pounds of the drug.

Man arrested after hiding meth in ice cream

A 60-year-old man was arrested after a Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputy discovered a baggie of meth hidden in a quart of ice cream in the man's car.

Spokane meth dealer gets 20-year prison term

A Spokane man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for selling high-quality methamphetamine to an undercover officer and leading police on a car chase near the Coeur d’Alene Casino in January. Charles Edward Gibson, 43, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene for conspiracy to distribute at least 50 grams of meth between Dec. 4, 2012, and Jan. 8. U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson of the Eastern District of Washington also ordered Gibson to spend 10 years on supervised release after he’s out of jail and forfeit $35,000 – the estimated street value of the meth, U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said.

Police: Man tossed meth from pickup

Local and federal authorities say they thwarted the sale of a pound of methamphetamine at a West Central home Wednesday evening when the alleged seller tossed the drugs out a vehicle window while driving along Interstate 90. Members of the Investigative Drug and Spokane Regional Drug Task Force staked out a house in the 2600 block of West Sharp Avenue following a tip that a large quantity of meth would be sold to Henry P. Bevans III, 30, at the address. Gustavo Martinez-Gomez, 40, arrived around 7 p.m. carrying a red bag into the residence, according to court documents. He emerged a short time later still clutching the bag.