FEDS SHARE $79,690 WITH YAKIMA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Yakima – Today, James A. McDevitt, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that $79,690.40 of forfeiture proceeds would be shared with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in the federal prosecution of Douglas Hatfield. Mr. Hatfield pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana in September 2009 and is set for sentencing July 29, 2010.
In March 2008, the Washington State Patrol Marijuana Hotline received a tip regarding a marijuana grow at Mr. Hatfield’s residence. Yakima County Sheriff’s Office also received information about Mr. Hatfield’s marijuana grow and shared the information with the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA was subsequently able to obtain a search warrant and seize 240 growing marijuana plants. In his plea agreement, Mr. Hatfield admitted to the production of 24 kilograms of marijuana. As a result of this prosecution, Mr. Hatfield agreed to forfeit cash and property in the amount of $100,000, representing proceeds and property facilitating his illegal marijuana growing operation.
James A. McDevitt, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “Today’s sharing of proceeds with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office emphasizes the effectiveness of federal, state and local partners working together. ”
This investigation was conducted by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is being prosecuted by Thomas J. Hanlon, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.