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US narcotics agent admits role in drug trafficking scheme

A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decadelong drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

Federal bill to decriminalize marijuana has local, national advocates enthusiastic for vote

The bill, which would take marijuana off the list of controlled substances policed by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, has reformers optimistic about an up-or-down vote on marijuana legalization in …


SPD warns of ‘possible lethal batch of drugs’ following overdoses

Three people died of apparent drug overdoses in less than three hours Wednesday morning, leading law enforcement in Spokane to warn of “a possible lethal batch of drugs.”


‘Kettle Falls Five’ members get prison time in federal marijuana case

All defendants in the Kettle Falls Five marijuana case will receive prison time, a federal judge ruled Friday. Three members of the family, who say they were growing medicinal marijuana, …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015, 5:48 p.m.

‘Kettle Falls Five’ members get prison time in federal marijuana case

All defendants in the Kettle Falls Five marijuana case will receive prison time, a federal judge ruled Friday. Three members of the family, who say they were growing medicinal marijuana, …


Drug ring defendant could avoid prison with trouble-free 18 months

A 24-year-old college student caught in the wide net of a federal investigation into gang and drug activity stretching from Spokane to Las Vegas and California will avoid prison time …


OxyContin smuggled into Spokane on flights, investigators say

Women with ties to a Los Angeles gang smuggled about 10,000 illicit pills a week for several years through Spokane International Airport, according to federal investigators. The painkillers were sold …


Raids target synthetic drugs, sellers across US

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday broadened its national crackdown on synthetic drug manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers as federal agents served hundreds of search and arrest warrants in …


Spokane restaurateur takes plea deal in massive drug case

Sally B. Guthrie, owner of several Spokane restaurants and named in a federal indictment filed last year exposing an alleged OxyContin ring between California and Washington state, will plead guilty …


Drugs, weapons seized after two drug busts

Heroin, marijuana, cocaine, cash, weapons and a luxury car were seized in busts of two area drug-distribution rings late last week, landing four men behind bars, according to police. Spokane …


Pot extraction method using butane poses hazard

A surge in the production of concentrated marijuana extract is thought to have caused at least three dangerous fires in Spokane County and has local, state and federal officials paying …


Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws

CHICAGO — Eight former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington’s laws legalizing recreational …


Feds raid more Spokane marijuana dispensaries

Federal agents, assisted by Spokane Police, are currently raiding marijuana dispensaries including one on Freya Street just north of the intersection with Sprague Avenue. Spokane Police Detective Tom Hendren said …


Spice sends four Shadle Park students to hospital

Four Shadle Park High School students were hospitalized Wednesday after smoking Spice – a substance that gives a marijuanalike high – the same day the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it …


Shadle kids sickened by ‘Spice’ as DEA moves to ban it

Four Shadle Park High School students were hospitalized Wednesday after smoking Spice – a substance that gives a marijuana-like high – the same day the Drug Enforcement Agency announced it …


DEA makes major cocaine bust

Spokane International Airport police suspected something was going on with the Canadian man they’d seen several times. In the past four months, he’d rented several SUVs and returned them after …