RICHLAND, Wash. - U.S. Customs Agents raid a Richland man's home, now the man faces charges for drug smuggling.
Right now authorities are holding David B. Wick of Richland, in Spokane County Jail. Court documents show Wick allegedly conspired to smuggle 220 pounds of marijuana through the U.S./Canadian border.
U.S. Customs Agents raided Wick's home last week. They said he is part of a group who allegedly hides marijuana in secret compartments of a storage trailer and tries to bring them through the border. A spokesman for the regional U.S. Attorney's Office said marijuana comes in from Canada every day. It's a problem they want to stop.
"It is rather a large amount. It has been estimated to be a billion dollar industry in Canada, to export marijuana into the United States," said Tom Rice, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Washington.
Wick is charged with one count of a criminal complaint, possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Wick still waits to be indicted before a grand jury. He will first have a detention hearing this Wednesday in Spokane Federal Court.