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Unlicensed Daycare Provider Arrested

Posted 8/30/2012 12:27 PM by KWESTBERG

On Thursday, August 30, 2012, at about 9:15 a.m., the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Investigative Support Unit served a drug search warrant at 7820 E. Buckeye Road in Spokane Valley. The search warrant concluded a yearlong investigation that started with a Sheriff's Office School Resource Deputy's investigation at West Valley High School.

Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Ed Cashman, who is assigned to West Valley High School, made several arrests during the 2011-2012 school year of students possessing marijuana. Several of the students told Deputy Cashman they had purchased the marijuana from 35 year old Tina M. Jones who lives at the East Buckeye address.

The Sheriff's Office Investigative Support Unit's yearlong investigation revealed Jones was selling marijuana out of her residence as well as running an unlicensed daycare.

Thursday's search warrant resulted in locating 58 actively growing marijuana plants as well as several children at the residence. Three of the children were being watched by Jones, who claimed she was watching them for friends. All three of the children's parents were contacted and picked up at the residence.

Jones rationale for selling the marijuana to the students was to keep them away from "worse" drugs. As far as the marijuana grow, Jones said she was under the assumption marijuana was going to be legalized in the near future so she was getting a head start for her personal usage.

• Jones was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charges of Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance, marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana With The Intent To Deliver.