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Pot grow lands Spokane Valley man behind bars

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 44-year-old Spokane Valley man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop led to a drug raid on the man's home.

James Heston was receiving a ticket when the deputy issuing it smelled the odor of growing marijuana. The deputy forwarded the tip to drug detectives who returned to the home in the 7800 block of E. Mission and also noted the smell of growing dope.

Detective's from the sheriff's Investigative Support Unit obtained a search warrant and raided the home around 9 a.m. Tuesday. They found 92 plants growing in pots in two basement rooms and about a pound of harvested marijuana.  A shed behind the home was being used as a drying room, an ISU spokesman reported.

Heston came home mid-search and was arrested for Manufacturing a Controlled Substance.

Officials say the growing operation had been going for a long time, possibly for several years.

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