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Longview police bust medical pot dispensary

Longview police bust medical pot dispensary

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Longview police busted a Kelso medical marijuana dispensary last week and arrested four people for allegedly selling pot on the side to non-patients.

Agents from the Longview Police Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant Thursday at the “Grass Rootz” dispensary run out of a home at 1411 West Side Highway. While at the scene, detectives confirmed that pot grown in the barn was being sold out of the dispensary in the house, according to court documents. The barn contained 25 marijuana plants.

Inside the home, officers found more than a pound of processed marijuana packaged for sale. They seized $4,366 in cash, packaging material, THC-infused food items, a 9 mm pistol and paperwork, according to court documents.

The SCU had made several controlled buys from Grass Rootz through confidential informants, according to court documents.

Aaron P. L. Kightlinger, 30, was arrested and charged with three counts of marijuana delivery, two counts of delivery within 1,000 feet of a school zone and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Kirk S. Kightlinger, 50, Mandy Henderson, 51, and Steffen Kightlinger, 25, were arrested and charged with one count of manufacturing a controlled substance and one count of criminal conspiracy. Each was booked into Cowlitz County Jail.

On its Facebook page, Grass Rootz posted a time-stamped surveillance photo of police approaching with guns drawn Thursday at 5:39 p.m. Beneath it was posted a drawing of a smirking stick figure with its arms crossed. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, the caption said

On Saturday, Grass Rootz’s Facebook status said a search warrant had been executed at the dispensary but that everyone was out of custody.

“Needless to say, we’re on a hiatus pending further notification,” the post said.

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