Deputies seize more than 400 marijuana plants in raid near Issaquah
September 6, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 9:35 p.m. Sept. 6, 2012
King County Sheriff’s Office deputies seized more than 400 marijuana plants and about 60 pounds of processed marijuana Thursday during a raid at a house south of Issaquah.
Investigators arrived in the 12700 block of 195th Place Southeast, about a half mile southwest of Southeast May Valley Road, at 10:30 a.m. to serve a search warrant.
Inside, detectives discovered a collective grow operation for medical marijuana. Detectives did not arrest anybody in the raid, and later forwarded the case to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Though investigators noted more than 500 plants inside the house, detectives seized about 400, due to compliance issues. Police said the occupants possessed expired paperwork for a medical marijuana operation.
Police also seized cash and a handgun from the house. Investigators said a resident at the house is a felon and unable to own firearms.
State law allows up to 10 qualifying patients to join together and form a collective garden of up to 45 plants, so long as the marijuana is not visible from public spaces.
Initiative 692, passed in 1998, allows people suffering from certain medical conditions to possess a 60-day supply of marijuana. Under state law, physicians can recommend — but not prescribe — the drug for patients.