Grayland man arrested, $30K worth of marijuana found

A 57-year-old Grayland man was taken into custody Friday after Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies discovered more than $30,000 worth of marijuana and a growing operation while serving an unrelated warrant.

Deputies confiscated roughly eight pounds of marijuana, tens of thousands of dollars in cash, and two vehicles Friday. One of the vehicles was a 2013 Chevrolet Corvette with 108 miles on the odometer, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“The evidence shows that the owners recently traded in another late-model Corvette, and paid the new vehicle off in cash,” Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson said. “We’re talking about a transaction of about $74,000 not including sales tax. Deputies believe that a third vehicle that belongs at the residence, a newer special edition SUV, was purchased with cash as well. It was not at the residence at the time the warrant was served. I don’t know very many people that are unemployed that have two newer high-end cars and that much cash laying around. The person we arrested had no teeth. I heard him tell a corrections officer he couldn’t afford dentures. … He obviously had no idea we had found his cash at that point.”

The drug task forces of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties are assisting with the investigation.

“Our joint task force operating agreement has been invaluable to us in situations like this,” Johnson said. “We have been working simultaneously with our partner agencies from the surrounding counties.”

The Grayland man was arrested for violation of an anti-harrassment order and booked into Pacific County Jail. He will likely face additional charges relating to the drug investigation now underway.