Tip Results in Shut Down of Large Scale Marijuana Grows
Posted on 09/06/2017

A tip received from a citizen about an illegal marijuana grow in the City of Newcastle led to a five-month investigation resulting in the seizure of more than 6,000 marijuana plants, 180 pounds of processed marijuana and $3 million in cash.

The tip received last March led investigators to a house in the 8600 block of 118th Avenue Southeast in Newcastle. The tip sparked an investigation that resulted in the discovery of dozens of large scale residential marijuana grow operations throughout King County. 

Last week detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office served search warrants on 27 locations in King County and five people were arrested for multiple charges including the manufacturing of Marijuana. Sheriff’s Office detectives also seized five houses that they believe were purchased with the proceeds from marijuana sales.

"This is an excellent example of the teamwork between the officers and citizens of Newcastle, the King County Sheriff’s Office Special Emphasis Team, and all of the supporting personnel required for an investigation of this magnitude," said Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

(Press Release via the King County Sheriff's Office)

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