Undercover operation, SWAT raid lands pair in jail on drug charges - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Undercover operation, SWAT raid lands pair in jail on drug charges

SPOKANE, Wash. - Two Spokane residents are under arrest after the sheriff's SWAT team raided their home early Thursday following an undercover operation conducted by the sheriff's Investigative Support Unit. The raid on the home netted pounds of methamphetamine and a pair of stolen pistols.

The ISU obtained a search warrant on the home after making several undercover purchases of methamphetamine from 29-year-old Michael Luce and 27-year-old Amanda McIntyre.

Luce already had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant, and both were booked into the Spokane County Jail on counts of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.

Inside the home and a related storage unit, detectives recovered nearly two and a half pounds of meth and four firearms.  Two of the guns, a Kimber .45-caliber semi-automatic and a 9mm assault pistol, were stolen in the recent burglary of a Bonners Ferry, Idaho gun dealer.

The other two firearms were a Keltec .32-caliber semi-auto pistol and an AK-47 assault rifle.

The suspects had an aggressive bulldog inside the home, and a SWAT member used a non-lethal round to control the dog during entry into the home.

The home in the 1400 block of E. Rowan is within 1,000 feet of Whitman Elementary, making the two suspects eligible for a 24-month enhancement if they are convicted on the drug charges. An ISU spokesman said the quantity of meth found inside the home may qualify the two for federal drug charges rather than state.

Investigation into the couple's activities continues, and both face numerous pending felony charges based on the previous undercover drug purchases.

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