Published on May 2nd, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Two arrested, four children removed from site of alleged pot operation
INET task force conducts raids home, four children removed
Two people were jailed and four children taken into protective custody Thursday, April 26, following a Quincy raid on a reported marijuana growing operation.
After neighbors reported possible drug activity at a home on B Street Northeast, the Grant County’s Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) conducted a six month investigation during which several undercover purchases of marijuana were made, according to sheriff’s officials.
At about 1:30 p.m. yesterday, INET detectives and Quincy Police raided the home and arresting 26-year-old Luis Carlos Perez and 31-year-old Maria Del Carmen Farias.
A search of the home and vehicles allegedly uncovered nearly 60 grams of processed marijuana, seven live marijuana plants, prescription pills, two loaded handguns – one which had the serial number defaced – and over $4,000 in cash.
Investigators seized these items and two vehicles as evidence.
Perez and Farias were booked on possession of marijuana with intent to deliver; possession of a controlled substance without a prescription; manufacturing marijuana with intent to deliver; second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm; altering identifying marks on a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The home is within 1,000 feet of a Quincy’s Mountain View Elementary School. Because of that, investigators are asking for a sentencing enhancement, which could lead to a stiffer sentence upon conviction.
Despite the recent passage of a state law legalizing the use of marijuana by people age 21 and older, the unlicensed sale of the drug is still forbidden, and Grant County Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo says shutting down marijuana growing operations is still a priority.
“Unfortunately, we in law enforcement are stuck between the proverbial rock and the hard spot,” he stated. “We have a law that says that it is legal to possess certain amounts of marijuana, yet the rules haven’t yet been established on how to obtain it and/or distribute it.”
The marijuana amounts in this case are over the legal limit to possess and neither suspect has a license to distribute the drug, Ponozzo said.
“So even under the new law, these individuals would be in violation,” he said.
Four children who live in the home are now in the custody of Child Protective Services. Ponozzo said they are the suspects children and are aged 1, 3, 4 and 15.
“The safety and welfare of the children who live at this home was our greatest concern,” stated Sheriff Tom Jones. “INET did a great job protecting four children by stopping the drug business conducted out of their home and moving those kids to a safe environment.”
Supervised by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, INET is comprised of detectives from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, Quincy Police Department, Moses Lake Police Department and the Washington State Patrol.
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Source: lfiberone.com “Two arrested, four children removed from site of alleged pot operation,” May 2, 2013.