Seattle man pleads not guilty to drug charges | Local news

DEADWOOD – A Seattle man facing criminal drug charges against him in September pleaded not guilty to the allegations before 4th Circuit Court Judge Eric Strawn on Tuesday at the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Thinh Quang Lu, 28, was indicted by a Lawrence County grand jury on September 22 and charged with: possession with intent to distribute more than a pound or more of marijuana, a Class 3 felony punishable by a mandatory minimum prison or penitentiary sentence of 30 days sentence; possession of a drug or controlled substance with intent to distribute hash oil, a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $ 20,000 in fine ; possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana, a Class 3 felony; and possession of a drug or controlled substance, hash oil, a Class 5 felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $ 10,000.

On September 8, Lu was reportedly a passenger in a vehicle stopped by law enforcement just east of Exit 17 for accelerating to 85 mph in the 75 mph zone and being driven by a co-accused in the case, Delaney Lee Harris, 25. , also from Seattle, Wash.

When law enforcement approached the vehicle, an extremely strong smell of raw marijuana was detected coming from inside the cabin and Lu and Harris looked very nervous.

Lu informed the police that he had rented the vehicle. When the police asked for the rental agreement, he looked in the glove box, but couldn’t find it. When the police asked her to look in the center console, Lu allegedly informed them that she would not be there and that he had a very uncomfortable posture. Police believed there was either contraband or a weapon in the center console, based on this reaction.

When police asked Harris to return to the patrol vehicle, it was determined his license had been suspended / revoked. Harris told police they were heading to Mount Rushmore, then Reptile Gardens, then Seattle, and police noticed Harris’ nervousness escalating.

Police contacted Lu in the vehicle and he reportedly informed police that they were traveling to Kansas City for a few days to visit his friend. Police again detected an extremely strong smell of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Police questioned Harris about the strong smell of marijuana, both on his person and emitted by the vehicle. He reportedly told police he smoked marijuana the day before in Seattle, when they left on their trip. Harris informed police that he did not have a medical marijuana card.

In addition to finding marijuana on Harris’ person, a search of the vehicle allegedly revealed a large duffel bag full of turkey sacks of marijuana, about eight pounds without packaging. The sports bag was reportedly accompanied by an airline ticket receipt with Lu’s name on it.

Another search of the vehicle reportedly revealed numerous items of dispensary marijuana and hash concentrate in the center console, gym bag, front passenger door pocket and in a suitcase in the back of the SUV.

The total weight of the dispensary items was about 14 grams of hash concentrate, about two ounces of marijuana, four THC drinks and a digital scale.

Harris and Lu were arrested. Court documents indicate that after the two subjects read their Miranda warnings, they agreed to speak and reportedly informed police that all of the marijuana belonged to Harris. Harris said he bought it from a Mexican in South Dakota.

Police believed Lu was forcing Harris to take responsibility for the items in the vehicle. Court documents indicate that Lu has already been convicted of two felonies: February 8, 2012 and February 12, 2014, both of burglary in Washington’s King County. This improves the main felony in this case from a class 3 felony to a class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a $ 50,000 fine.

Harris pleaded not guilty on November 17 to aggravated assault – grievous bodily harm – against a man who was allegedly involved in a fight he was involved in with another inmate while in custody at Lawrence County Jail .

Court documents indicate that on October 26 at approximately 11:52 a.m., law enforcement responded to a physical altercation that took place in the maximum unit of the Lawrence County Jail.

The two men were separated and examination of security footage from the incident reportedly revealed that Harris had moved away from the victim as they fought on the ground. Harris then allegedly picked up a plastic lunch tray and returned after the victim, hitting him with it. Harris then allegedly managed to land several more closed punches at the victim, resulting in serious bodily injury to the victim’s eye.

Information filed in the case indicates that Harris was previously convicted of a felony on December 9, 2020 in King County, Washington: for injuring a police dog or horse.

Lawrence County Deputy Chief Pat Johnson said on Friday Harris was being held on a warrant without bail outside Washington County and being held in the Lawrence County Jail since his arrest on September 8. Lu is free with a $ 10,000 deposit. and appears in court again on February 1, 2022.

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