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Two Men Plead Guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana

SPOKANE, WASH -- On November 22, 2011, Charles Wesley Wright, 41, of Rathdrum, Idaho, and Jon Richard Vivian, 31, of Spokane, both pled guilty to felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

In April 2011, the United States Attorney’s Office sent notification to more than 40 property owners where marijuana stores were operating, that the distribution of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. As a result, numerous marijuana stores shut down voluntarily. The property owners were warned that absent voluntary compliance, direct action would be taken against the operators of the store. TLC Pharmacy, located at 1108 South Perry in Spokane, did not immediately cease operations. It was located within 1,000 feet of a public elementary school. On April 28, 2011, a federal search warrant was executed at 1108 South Perry. Agents seized bottles of marijuana, 36 growing marijuana plants, and $12,706 in currency. Charles Wright and Jon Vivian admitted that they were business partners operating the TLC Pharmacy. They claimed to have distributed marijuana to over 1,000 customers. Sentencing for Jon Vivian is set for February 13, 2012. Sentencing for Charles Wright is set for February 21, 2012.

This investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Spokane Police Department.


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