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Spokane sheriff arrests 20-time felon for possession of large amount of meth

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office investigators and a SWAT team arrested 20-time convicted felon Joseph A. Gariepy, 49, Friday morning in the Bemiss neighborhood with a large amount of methamphetamine.


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 5:42 p.m.

Man found dead in Browne’s Addition not killed, police spokesman says

A man was found dead in his Browne’s Addition apartment last weekend and covered in blankets with the heat running on high, leading detectives to initially believe there could be …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Spokane drug counselor charged with selling drugs

Prosecutors say a Spokane drug and alcohol counselor was distributing and possessing meth and heroin in December and January.


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 …


Authorities seize $147K worth of meth during traffic stop

Authorities in Washington seized nearly 24 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 5.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S.

Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

He’s accused of sexually assaulting an animal in Columbia Park. It’s one of 2 meth-related holiday busts.

Three people were arrested by Kennewick police on Labor Day for having methamphetamine, including a man allegedly caught in a compromising position with an injured beaver.


Demi Lovato’s reported overdose was meth, not heroin as previously thought, new reports say

Demi Lovato is awake and responsive, but the reason for the “Sober” singer’s Tuesday morning collapse, which brought emergency responders to her Los Angeles home, remains a mystery.


‘Merchant of meth’ wins appeal: Reduced drug charge means he could be paroled in months

A man convicted of trafficking nearly a pound of methamphetamine won an appeal and was resentenced to be released on parole at the discretion of the parole board.


Judge denies reduced sentence for drug dealer

A Post Falls drug dealer serving 35 years in prison for forcing a man to eat a large quantity of meth, which killed him, must serve out his prison term.


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

Truck hauling Starbucks products and headed for Spokane had 126 pounds of meth, police say

About 126 pounds of methamphetamine and other drugs were seized from a semitruck hauling Starbucks products that was headed to Spokane on Thursday, according to the Centralia Police Department.


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

After chasing a man with a baseball bat, Spokane Valley deputies seized his swords and throwing stars, sheriff’s office says

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that deputies seized a rifle, ammunition, methamphetamine and a large collection of swords, knives and throwing stars from a Spokane Valley apartment belonging …


Car chase suspect had $18,000 worth of meth, says Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says deputies used a Taser to stop a suspect who led them on a car chase while in possession of more than half a pound …


Montana state crime lab chemist charged with stealing meth

A former chemist at Montana’s state crime lab in Missoula is charged with taking meth left over after testing for suspected drugs in criminal cases.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 9:40 a.m.

Spokane County ex-public defender accused of meth use represented hundreds of clients

From the moment Emily Blumenauer met her court-appointed public defender, she knew something was off. There was the arm scratching, the forgetfulness, the shiny glaze on her eyes that suggested …


Idaho mom faces charges after child tests positive for meth

An eastern Idaho woman authorities say gave birth prematurely to a boy who tested positive for methamphetamine has been charged with felony injury to a child.


Oregon man gets life in prison for meth-fueled killing

A 62-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to life in prison for allegations that he opened fire on his former wife and her friend while drunk and high on methamphetamine, …


Man gets 30 years in murder for meth plot

A 32-year-old Yakima man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill his ex-girlfriend and planning to pay for the deed with a …


Deputies arrest two for providing fatal doses of heroin, meth

Two people who deputies believe provided fatal doses of heroin and methamphetamine to a Washington woman have been arrested.


Former Spokane resident wanted by the FBI for alleged meth distribution

The FBI is asking for help in finding a felon wanted for his alleged involvement in trafficking meth in Montana.


Whitman County traffic stop results in discovery of alleged mobile meth lab, arrest of Spokane residents

A routine traffic stop just outside of Garfield on Sunday morning resulted in the arrests of a man and a woman after the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office allegedly discovered the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:31 p.m.

Border officers find more than 53 pounds of meth in vehicle

Authorities say U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered seven packages of methamphetamine weighing more than 53 pounds at the border in Blaine, Washington.


Thai police seize 1.2 million methamphetamine tablets

Thai police said Monday they have seized more than 1 million methamphetamine tablets this month, as trade in the illicit drug shows little sign of abating.


Drugs, despair and waning hope: A girl’s struggle with addiction leaves a family wondering what’s next

The call woke Kevin Schultz at 6:15 a.m. on May 6. It was a sheriff’s deputy. He’d picked up Schultz’s 17-year-old adopted daughter Vanessa during a traffic stop near Nine …


Bond increased for man charged in lethal meth case

A judge has increased the bond for a Spokane man charged with forcing the grandson of a former Post Falls mayor to ingest a lethal dose of methamphetamine.


A new meth surge gathers momentum

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in state and local law enforcement and public health policies for people with …


Oregon man sentenced to 17 years for trafficking meth

A federal judge has sentenced an Oregon drug trafficker to 17 years in federal prison.


Burlington motel’s meth contamination sparks new law

A new state law will take effect July 23 that will allow local governments to evict residents from contaminated buildings.


LA jail adapts amid meth-fueled rise in mentally ill inmates

Perhaps the largest group of mentally ill inmates in the U.S. resides in Los Angeles in one of the world’s largest jail complexes. Over the past seven years, the jail’s …


Man gets 10 years in Central Oregon shooting death

A Central Oregon man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a man who sold him fake methamphetamine.