|Happier days: Olympia, WA Mayor Pro Tem Joe Hyer in 2009|
Well, at least Olympia used to be cool.
Olympia, Washington Mayor Pro Tem and incoming Thurston County Treasurer Joe Hyer was arrested Thursday evening at his home on suspicion of marijuana trafficking, according to Thurston County Sheriff Dan Kimball.
Kimball said the mayor pro tem’s arrest is the result of a two-month investigation by the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force, undoubtedly flush with stimulus cash and hungry for more.
|Photo: City of Olympia|
|Another dedicated public servant and promising career, victim of the pot laws|
According to Kimball, a “confidential informant” purchased marijuana from Hyer twice in the past two months during “controlled buys,” reports Jeremy Pawloski at The Olympian.
Seriously? When tax coffers around the state are empty, they’re spending money entrapping a guy for freakin’ marijuana?
Narcotics officers were tossing Hyer’s home Thursday night, but Kimball claimed he had no information about whether any marijuana or other drugs were found in the home.
Kimball said Hyer was being booked into Thurston County Jail Thursday night.
Sheriff Kimball said the “narcotics” investigation began when a “confidential informant” told him personally that Hyer might be “involved in drugs.”
“No one is above the law,” the sheriff said.
Marijuana trafficking is a felony charge.
“When will our public safety officers return to providing public safety and stop this culture of attacks and manipulative, self-serving ‘investigations’ of the citizenry?” asked medical marijuana patient and activist Ric Smith of Seattle.