WSLCB officers arrest marijuana licensee for illegal possession and distribution

OLYMPIA– Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) officers, assisted by the Vancouver Police Department, served a search warrant October 9, 2018 on a Vancouver residence. The house, located at 3614 S Street, contained marijuana that had been diverted from “Delta 9 Growers,” a licensed marijuana producer and processor located in Longview, WA.

Delta 9’s landlord had previously contacted LCB officers and informed them that the licensee was being evicted. When officers arrived at the business only 13 dead plants remained on site. LCB traceability records indicated that 2,218 plants, 646 harvested plants, 218 seeds, and over 17,000 grams of marijuana product should have been at the licensed premises. In addition the power had been cut off and required security cameras were not recording.

During the search officers identified and seized some of the missing product at the licensee’s home including 8,404 grams of dried flower, 1,719 grams of marijuana hash oil, four plants, marijuana seeds, and approximately 7.35 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana. Much of the marijuana was still tagged with traceability numbers from the licensed grow.

In addition to the marijuana products, officers seized marijuana growing and processing equipment, including lights, ballasts, fans, pesticides, fertilizers, and extraction equipment. LCB officers also identified and seized heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and nine firearms.

Officers arrested the licensee who was booked into Clark County Jail for illegal possession of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana with intent to distribute, pending charges from the Clark County prosecutor’s office. The illegal possession and/or distribution of a controlled substance is a felony.

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