Two men face felony pot charges after months of investigation

COLFAX, WA - The two Whitman County men who were arrested for their large-scale marijuana growing operation near Dusty are facing felony charges for manufacturing a controlled substance.

The Quad-Cities Drug Task Force investigated the grow operation for months. Wednesday morning, they executed a search warrant at a home near the town of Dusty and found more than 400 marijuana plants, packaging materials, scales and other equipment associated with the distribution of marijuana.

"Someone that knows what they're doing, it's really not that hard," said Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers. "And this day and age, a lot of people, I think, are doing this under the cover of the fact that Washington allows certain uses for marijuana. In this particular case, they are completely outside the scope of what the law allows."

Peter Manning, 49, of Dusty and 46-year-old Mark Brown of Pullman were arrested on felony charges for manufacturing marijuana. Brown also faces charges for possession of methamphetamine. Brown and Manning appeared in court Thursday afternoon and were released from jail on recognizance.