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Greenbank meth dealer gets maximum sentence

A Greenbank meth dealer was sentenced to 12 years in jail Thursday.

Mark Crow, 56, was arrested last year for selling drugs from a motor home parked in the middle of a neighborhood.

Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock sided with the prosecutor’s office and issued the maximum sentence, 12 years in jail, for the crime, said Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks. Two years of the 12-year sentence are because Crow had set up shop within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop.

Banks said the judge felt strongly about setting an example for other drug dealers.

“This stuff is poison to our community and we won’t tolerate it,” Banks said.

Crow was found guilty in January of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The evidence presented in Island County Superior Court convinced the jury that Crow and two others had been selling drugs out of an old motor home that was parked on a property with an abandoned home near the Greenbank Store.

Crow was arrested as part of a sting operation in October. He was caught with one gram of meth and $317 in his pocket when he was arrested.

When officers searched the motor home they found 19 grams of a substance that was later identified as meth, plus $3,300 in cash and a $500 money order.

However, there were likely more drugs, deputy prosecutors said.

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