5 men indicted in medical marijuana crackdown

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Five men have been indicted on federal charges that arose from a crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in Spokane earlier this year.

The five men were all indicted Wednesday for manufacture and distribution of marijuana and for maintaining a drug-involved location.

The charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

Jerry Laberdee and Dennis Whited were indicted for actions involving a marijuana dispensary on North Freya in Spokane. Russell Blake was indicted for actions involving a dispensary in Loon Lake, north of Spokane. Charles Wright and Jon Vivian were indicted for actions involving a dispensary located within 1,000 feet of Grant Elementary School on Spokane's South Hill.

All the dispensaries were shut down earlier this year. The defendants will be summoned to make court appearances later.