- The Washington Times - Monday, March 28, 2016

An Easter egg hunt in Washington state Saturday was interrupted by a screaming man who authorities said led them to a massive unlicensed marijuana operation.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men from Vancouver, Washington, after the egg hunt in the neighboring town of Salmon Creek was sidelined by a man “screaming that his roommates were going to shoot him,” authorities said in a Facebook post.

About 20 children had been participating in the egg hunt when the disturbance occurred, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Police soon determined that the disturbance was related to a large-scale pot business operating out of a neighborhood home, where they found over 45 pounds of marijuana worth roughly $200,000 during a subsequent search.

Police also seized more than $108,000 from the home believed to have been made from illegal drug sales.

Charles J. Yorkovich, 24, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, the sheriff’s office said. Two others — Joseph E. Sullivan, 24, and Jordan M. Long, 27 — were booked for outstanding felony drug warrants in Missouri.

Authorities said the Salmon Creek house was the headquarters of an unlicensed and large-scale marijuana operation that may have been linked to international drug trafficking.

“It smelled like marijuana,” neighbor Breein Scarlett told CBS News’s local affiliate. “Overpowering smells.”

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