BIG Drug BUST; Pounds Of Pot SEIZED
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: A multi-agency, six-month investigation resulted this week in the seizures of 3 ½ pounds of marijuana, two vehicles and three suspects that police believe are responsible for the distribution of more than five pounds of the drug per week.
Young adults and students at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, and in other areas of Spokane County were targeted as customers for the marijuana.
Detectives assigned to the Spokane Regional Drug Task Force and the Cheney Police Department executed a search warrant in that city after making several undercover marijuana purchases from members of the Collins drug trafficking organization.
Cheney resident Brandon M. Collins was arrested last Thursday and is believed to be the leader of the operation that was responsible for supplying a major portion of marijuana sold in Cheney and at EWU.
Collins, 27, would routinely pick up multiple pounds of marijuana in Bellevue, Washington and then drive back to the Cheney area to distribute the drug. An employee of a large cellular phone store in Cheney, the suspect made several deliveries while at work at the store.
A second suspect, 25-year-old Brandon Foscue of Cheney and Tacoma, was a distributor for the Collins organization. A student at EWU, he is expected to be arrested in the near future.
A Spokane Regional Drug Task Force spokesman said this week that the Collins investigation is ongoing and evolving on a daily basis. Investigators, in cooperation with the Washington State Gambling Commission and Northern Quest Casino, discovered information that Collins and his associates appear to have laundered more than $380,000 through the casino during the last three years.
The Spokane Regional Drug Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, Spokane Police and Spokane Valley Police Departments, Washington State Patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Investigation into the Collins organization continues.
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