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Nov 20, 2011 11:43 PM by Dennis Bragg (Missoula)

More than clinics covered in latest federal pot raids

MISSOULA- It wasn't just Montana medical marijuana clinic operations that were targeted in the latest raids by federal agents last week.

Search warrants show that several other businesses were also subjects of the yearlong investigation and seizures last week.

A dozen locations were raided by federal agents, along with support from local police, during the raids in both the Flathead Valley and Missoula the middle of last week.

In a statement, the U.S. Attorney's Office said the raids came as the result of an investigation into marijuana trafficking, however they declined to give any further details.

Since then, we've learned three of the locations were providers of medical marijuana. In all, five businesses were covered by the search warrants with the rest apparently being homes and a pair of warehouses.

And one of those businesses is a Missoula car customizing business owned by a former University of Montana football player.

In documents filed with the U.S. Federal Court in Missoula, agents asked for permission to search a property at "1541 South 3rd Street West", which is the location of "406 Motoring", which according to the company's website, is owned and operated by former Grizzly quarterback Jason Washington.

Washington had started a few games for the Grizzlies before he was injured in 2005. He was listed on their roster the following year but dismissed in 2007 for unspecified reasons. He's been running the customizing company ever since, expanding to locations in both Missoula and Butte.

Neither Washington nor any of the other people who were targeted in last week's raids have been charged.

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