A Thurston County couple entered guilty pleas in Thurston County Superior Court Thursday afternoon after allegedly growing marijuana illegally.
Deanie De La Garza, 51, pleaded guilty to manufacture of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and her husband, Brook De La Garza, 53, pleaded guilty to manufacture of marijuana and possession of a firearm.
The couple had allegedly been living in a small apartment above a large shop, and Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the apartment Jan. 8 after reports of a dispute. The shop’s owner, Douglas Musolf, told the deputies that he asked the De La Garzas to move out of the apartment but they had refused, according to court documents.
While talking to Musolf and the couple, the deputies smelled marijuana. Musolf allegedly told the deputies that the shop housed an illegal medical marijuana growing operation.
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The De La Garzas allegedly said they cared for the marijuana, but it belonged to Musolf. Musolf told deputies he sold it to a Pierce County medical marijuana dispensary. Deputies also found a Smith and Wesson handgun in the apartment. Brook De La Garza isn’t allowed to own a handgun because of prior felony convictions, according to court documents.
All three suspects were arrested.
Brook and Deanie De La Garza will be sentenced Dec. 11. Musolf’s trial is scheduled for the week of Nov. 17.