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100 years ago in Spokane: Seattle visitor suspected of extending drug ring

D.R. Wolfe was arrested with $500 worth of cocaine, morphine and other drugs in his hotel room. Police said it was unequivocal evidence that a drug ring in Seattle had …


State health department suspends license of Spokane drug counselor accused of selling meth, heroin

Anthony L. Williams was terminated from his job after an arrest earlier this year on multiple felony charges of delivering a controlled substance. He has pleaded not guilty to the …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 8:45 p.m.

Medical examiner says woman died after taking fentanyl in Spokane County Jail

Sharona Carroll was the 13th person to die in the county’s custody since 2015, and at least the second inmate whose death was linked to contraband drugs.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 2:35 p.m.

Pfizer, Mylan strengthen ties, create new company

Pfizer, the country’s largest drugmaker, is creating a hybrid new drug company by combining its off-patent branded drug business, Upjohn, with generic pharmaceutical company Mylan. The two companies said Monday …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Ex-pitcher Dwight Gooden charged with drug possession

Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has been charged with drug possession. A criminal complaint says that on June 7 two plastic baggies allegedly containing cocaine were found in …


Local health experts warn against using marijuana while pregnant, even as research remains inconclusive

Multiple studies have shown that marijuana use during pregnancy can be linked to low birth weight and cognitive issues during formative years, but that research has been limited by the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 6:19 p.m.

Arrest helps Whitman County woman fight meth, heroin addiction that started at 14

Brianna McCabe, 24, spent the past year in a jail cell after an arrest on drug charges. Amid skyrocketing opioid use on the Palouse, she says her time behind bars …


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Hoopfest team Against the Grain celebrates recovery from addiction, homelessness

Kevin Schmeider sponsored the team through his hardwood flooring business, which he started after he and his wife climbed their way out of homelessness and drug addiction.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 9:03 p.m.

Grant County sheriff’s deputies seize fentanyl at Paradiso Festival in Gorge

Fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, was among the many drugs confiscated during arrests of


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 8:53 p.m.

Undercover police arrest 38 suspected drug dealers at Paradiso Festival in central Washington

Kyle Foreman, a spokesman for the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, said undercover investigators seized LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, cocaine, steroids, ketamine, the party drug known as Molly, thousands of dollars in …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Spokane City Council votes to explore suing opioid makers, distributors

Spokane City Council unanimously voted to ask the city’s legal department to explore suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Three Spokane County Jail inmates found unconscious in dormitory, treated for overdoses

Three women in Spokane County Jail were treated for drug overdoses on Thursday and Friday after they had taken an “unknown powdery substance” that was smuggled into the jail.


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

Chelan County authorities can’t account for $18,000 in seized drug money

Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett announced Thursday that an outside law enforcement agency, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, will review “possible errors in handling evidence” related to the bust, which …


Arizona man says he’s trapped in Coeur d’Alene fighting an illegal search that landed him in prison for marijuana trafficking

Wylie Hunter was stopped with a drug smuggling partner outside of Coeur d’Alene with 75 pounds of marijuana in his trunk. Now out on parole, Hunter is bringing a legal …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

Could hemp be Washington’s next cash crop? Lawmakers eye new system amid CBD boom, marijuana expansion

Both chambers of the Washington Legislature have passed laws that would create a state system for licensing hemp production. The long-outlawed cousin of marijuana hasn’t taken off in the Evergreen …


Few pot convictions thrown out in Spokane, as Washington state considers similar amnesty law

The Spokane City Council passed a measure at the end of 2015 that would allow those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions to petition the court for their record to be cleared. …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Spokane-area hospitals post prices online under federal directive criticized as imperfect

The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency …


Washington regulators ponder new vaping rules that mimic alcohol, marijuana regulations

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board is proposing taking more steps to regulate the hundreds of retailers offering vapor products in the state. The rules are designed to make clearer …


His family says he stopped using heroin. Then he relapsed in the Grant County Jail.

Derek Batton had pretty much beaten a heroin addiction by the time he was booked into the Grant County Jail, according to his family. Inside, though, things took a turn …


Marijuana businessman and former federal inmate Cip Paulsen faces new legal problems

A new drug arrest and a lawsuit brought by dissatisfied investors could cost Cip Paulsen, who spent nine years in federal prison for his involvement in a cocaine ring, his …


Amphetamine hospitalizations increasing every year in Spokane, rivaling opioids

In 2017, more than four times the number of people were treated at Spokane hospitals as a result of amphetamine-related conditions compared with 2008, according to the Spokane Regional Health …


GlaxoSmithKline to spend $5.1B on cancer drugmaker Tesaro

Shares of Tesaro soared Monday after GlaxoSmithKline said it would pay about $5.1 billion in cash to buy the cancer drugmaker.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

‘El Chapo’ trial gives inside look at his rise to power

The U.S. trial of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has offered a screenplay-worthy picture of the lawlessness and excesses during his rise to power as Mexico’s most infamous drug lord.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane Valley drug house where 20 detained in SWAT raid owned by Spokane-area man charged in 2009 drug sting

An alleged drug house in Spokane Valley – where almost two dozen people were detained Tuesday – is owned by a once-prominent Spokane Realtor, who a little less than 10 …


Spokane Valley raid nets 20 people at suspected drug house

Almost two dozen people were detained Tuesday morning in a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office SWAT raid on an alleged drug house.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients …


Generic drugmakers get boost as FDA moves to help copycats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to bring more complex – thus more profitable – generic drugs to market, throwing a crucial lifeline …


Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown give stances on marijuana, opioid addiction treatment and drugs

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Turn signal infraction leads to felon’s 20-year sentence in federal prison

Michael C. Painter’s driver didn’t use her turn signal last January. The traffic stop ended up costing Painter 20 years in federal prison.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:05 p.m.

Police make pair of arrests in Logan neighborhood hash oil manufacture

Spokane police arrested two people Monday morning suspected of manufacturing hash oil at their Logan neighborhood home.