Sound Publishing archives

Sound Publishing archives

Police seize $80M worth of pot, execute 50 search warrants, several in Bellevue

47 arrests made in suspected illegal marijuana grow-op run by Chinese nationals

Law enforcement confiscated over 33,000 marijuana plants worth more than $80 million on Wednesday after executing 50 search warrants on Tuesday during a three-county drug bust involving a suspected illegal marijuana grow—op run by Chinese nationals.

The ongoing operation netted 47 arrests between Tuesday and Friday, when searches yielded additional illegal grow-op sites throughout the week, according to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office.

Police also confiscated 26 vehicles, multiple guns and over $400,000 worth of cash and gold.

Search warrants were conducted throughout Grays Harbor County, as well as related locations in Thurston and King counties. In King County, eight search warrants were executed, including three in Bellevue at 144th Avenue Southeast, Northeast Lake Washington Boulevard and Northeast 8th Street; one in Medina and one in Kent.

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for immediate comment.

This investigation, which the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force is overseeing, first began when east Grays Harbor County citizens reported to the sheriff’s office possible illegal marijuana grow operations occurring in the Elma area. McCleary Police also received similar complaints from residents later in the year.

Both departments identified several locations where they suspected illegal marijuana grows were occurring.

In addition, Aberdeen and Hoquiam police departments also received citizen complaints.

Since the task force took over the investigation on Aug. 1, police suspect that Chinese nationals involved in organized crime purchased numerous homes with cash that were used for setting up the illegal marijuana grows, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police said the proceeds from these illegal grows may be funding other criminal enterprises, and those investigations are ongoing as well.

The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with information concerning similar issues to call the Grays Harbor County Communications

Center at 360-533- 8765. Police are concerned about unattended grows where equipment such as heat lamps are still on.

The Reporter will update this story when more information becomes available.

More in News

Andy “Durandy” Golub looks at a photo of his favorite Duran Duran member, Nick Rhodes. Madison Miller / staff photo
Duran Duran archivist connects fans through music

Andrew “Durandy” Golub is leading the third annual Duran Duran Appreciation Day.

https://pixabay.com/photos/handcuffs-trouble-police-arrest-2102488/
Suspected thieves arrested for ‘wreaking havoc’ at local gyms

The pair appear to target gyms with no security systems, police said.

Evergreen Market opens fifth shop in Bellevue

Dispensary reaches state limit with latest location.

Bellevue City Council approves additional funding for year-round shelter

The funding will enable the Men’s Winter Shelter at Lincoln Center to operate year-round.

Preparing for the worst

Bellevue officers again hold active shooter drill.

Bellevue City Council proceeds with bike lane, sidewalk project despite pushback

The project, TFP-158, is part of the 2019-2030 Transportation Facilities Plan.

Most Read