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A Spokane land developer pleaded not guilty to several felonies related to an alleged drug and stolen property ring investigators believe he ran from his Long Lake home.
A massive investigation into a suspected drug and stolen property ring has led to allegations of a methamphetamine- and sex-fueled criminal enterprise operated by a once-prominent Spokane land developer. The raid in January at Joseph G. Ward’s home along the shores of Long Lake, northwest of Spokane, sparked a months-long probe by a Washington State Patrol detective that explored an underworld of drugs, sex and thievery that documents suggest was a way of life for the millionaire.
Joseph G. Ward earned a master’s degree in business from Gonzaga University, spent time as a heralded super stock race car driver and ascended to the top of the land-development industry, winning sales awards, buying acres of coveted land and doing business with real estate moguls Harlan Douglass and Raymond Hanson. But last week, investigators searching his Nine Mile Falls home found methamphetamine and property from several burglaries, and the owner of Pinnacle Realty spent the night in the Spokane County Jail on drug and stolen property charges.