Three Thurston County men accused of growing pot, mailing it to Kentucky

Three Thurston County men — a father, a son and the son’s friend — pleaded not guilty to drug charges Tuesday morning. The men are accused of growing marijuana and mailing it to Kentucky.

Stephen J. Anderson, 57, is charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance. Jacob J. Anderson, 21, is charged with unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful posession of a controlled substance. Colton J. Campbell, 20, is charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and money laundering.

The three men were arraigned before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch at Tuesday’s hearing, and trial was set for June 22.

Court documents give the following account of the investigation:

A detective from Lexington, Kentucky, contacted the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force to inform detectives that he had recovered a three-and-a-half-pound package of marijuana that had been shipped from Washington.

The Lexington detective reported that the marijuana was found at a United States Postal Service station. The packing tape had melted, so postal service employees were able to see the marijuana. The package was marked with a Lexington destination address and had a Thurston County return address that matched the Andersons’ address.

Detectives accompanied a postal service employee to deliver the package to the intended recipient. A man signed for the package and was arrested.

The man told detectives that a friend had paid him $200 to receive the package. Detectives later found and arrested a second man.

That man told detectives that he had met Campbell through XBox Live and that Campbell told him that he could get him marijuana. The man said he would mail Campbell $3,000, and Campbell would send him a package of marijuana. He claimed they did this six times.

The two men arrested in Lexington are facing criminal charges.

Thurston County Narcotics Task Force detectives served a search warrant at Campbell’s home, located on the 8100 block of Walnut Road Northeast, and found $2,600 in $100 bills and a credit union receipt showing that Campbell had $13,000 in an account.

The detectives then served a search warrant at the Andersons’ home, located on the 7300 block of 40th Court Southeast, and found dead marijuana plants outside, more than 100 plants growing inside, more than 340 grams of harvested marijuana and two vials of marijuana seeds.

Stephen Anderson told detectives that the marijuana growing operation belongs to his son, but he’s supportive of the business and helps his son tend plants. He repeatedly referred to Jacob Anderson as an entrepreneur.

Detectives notified the North Thurston School District that marijuana had been grown 622 feet away from a school bus route.