After a recent DEA raid in Spokane that ended a $20 million prescription drug ring, local law enforcement reported that they still arrest people weekly for the possession of OxyContin. The prescription pill epidemic consumes much of the police agency's time and efforts. While the drug of choice in the city used to be meth, according to an undercover drug agent, opiate pills such as OxyContin have overtaken it in popularity. Heroin costs have decreased, so some addicts may switch to taking pills instead. Regardless of the underlying causes of the local price fluctuations, drug trafficking associated with the rising popularity of the pills has increased.
A 19-year-old man was arrested recently and charged with first-degree manslaughter after he allegedly shot his friend in the head by accident. Authorities say the teenager then tried to hide the crime by attempting to dismember the victim's body.
It is not unheard of, or illegal, to be traveling out of Mexico with a bottle or two of tequila in your luggage. However, it is highly illegal if those bottles contain anything other than alcohol, especially illicit drugs.
Some people seem to be under the impression that the new marijuana laws in the state of Washington mean that pot-related drug charges no longer exist. This is not true, especially when it comes to driving under the influence of marijuana, which is still very illegal.
A man was arrested last week after police say he led them on a high-speed chase. In addition to the alleged incident last week, the man is also accused of eluding police in another chase that occurred in June 2011. He was sentenced to three months in jail for that crime.
Spokane police arrested two women on drug charges this week that they had been pursuing over the course of several weeks. After receiving multiple, consistent complaints of drug activity and drug sales stemming from the North Spokane home, police set up an investigation.