Local Drug Detectives Arrest Tacoma Attorney

As we’ve seen before, detectives with our two local drug task forces — the county’s West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team and Bremerton’s Special Operations Group — often follow cases well out of their immediate areas of jurisdiction.

Last week, WestNET detectives ventured to Tacoma (their force, I will add, now includes representatives from Pierce County) for an unusual drug bust: a marijuana grow operation and distribution network allegedly involving a Tacoma lawyer.

The attorney, 54, was arrested Thursday along with four other people (two of them from Gig Harbor). Detectives raided the attorney’s office, on the 3700 block of South 12th street, and apparently found 82 marijuana plans, growing and packaging equipment, record keeping of drug sales and more than seven ounces of processed marijuana.

The task force’s Washington State Patrol-based sergeant, Carlos Rodriguez, told the Tacoma News Tribune that an informant last February led them to the suspected grow.

Pierce County prosecutors have the next move, and are considering formal charges in the case.

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