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Police: Seattle trio sold marijuana, pot brownies to students

Police: Seattle trio sold marijuana, pot brownies to students
SEATTLE -- Police arrested three Seattle residents Wednesday morning for allegedly selling marijuana and pot-laced food to Ballard middle and high school students.

Earlier this month, officers received complaints that a number of students from Whitman Middle School and Ballard High School were walking to a house in the 6700 block of 15th Ave. NW to buy pot.

Narcotics detectives launched an investigation and began staking out the house. Officers soon saw a several school-aged kids going to the back door of the suspected drug house to buy pot.

On Wednesday morning, a Seattle police SWAT team, along with narcotics detectives and patrol officers, served a search warrant on the house and found bags of marijuana, nearly 100 joints and trays full of pot brownies in several rooms. Seven more trays of marijuana brownies were found in the basement, where officers also found a marijuana grow operation.

Neighbor Justin Diduch said he woke up to the sound of police raiding the house.

"I just heard a loud noise, like a concussion grenade or something, and then there was a ton of cops in the street on both sides," he said. "They had the road blocked off for half an hour, 45 minutes. They were on a bullhorn, yelling at some guy, you know, 'Come out!' That's about it."

Diduch said he wasn't surprised to learn the raid was a drug bust.

"I thought they were arresting the drug dealer up the street, honestly. I've lived here two months, and a week in I knew that guy was a drug dealer," he said. "A million high school kids going over there every day for 5 minutes and coming out and cars stopping up and down the street. People running in and running back out. Pretty obvious."

In all, police seized 1,200 grams of pot, which included 99 rolled joints and seven marijuana plants. They also confiscated eight trays of pot brownies, six handguns, four shotguns, two pellet guns, a .22 caliber rifle and $4,755 in cash.

Police arrested a 50-year old man, a 21-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman. All three were booked into King County Jail for investigation of violation of the uniform controlled substances act/delivery, according to police.
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