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Two suspected drug houses busted in Grant County

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - On February 25th, the Inter-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) made up of officers from Moses Lake, Quincy, Ephrata, Washington State Patrol, and the Grant County Sheriff's Office exercised two search warrants on suspected drug houses in Grant County.             

The first warrant was served at 803 S. A  Street in Moses Lake.  The arrests of Valinda G. Otis, 28 of Moses Lake, and Tommy C. Stokes, 23 of Moses Lake, culminated a six month investigation in which rock cocaine and Marijuana was purchased by undercover detectives with INET.  Both Stokes and Otis were booked into the Grant County Jail on charges of unlawful possession with intent to distribute.  The value of the seized drugs is not known at this time.            

The second warrant was served at 5511 Martin Road NW just south of Ephrata.  Officers arrested William P. Helfrich, 56 of Ephrata, for possession and manufacture of Marijuana and Opium.  Fifteen mature Marijuana plants were confiscated and four 13 gallon sized bags of matured poppy pods were seized in what could be Grant County's first known indoor grow operation for Opium.  The value of the illegal plants was estimated at $22,500 for the Marijuana and an unspecified amount for the opiate producing poppy plants.  Mr. Helfrich was booked into the Grant County Jail on charges for counts of illegal manufacturing. 

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