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By Andrew Christiansen

Key suspect walks in trial dismissal


On May 13 this year, Goldendale Police, Klickitat County Sheriff’s Deputies and Washington State Patrol took part in a very public, joint drug bust at five Goldendale locations, the culmination of three months of work by law enforcement. Last month, one of those arrested, Mark Allen Qualls, had his case dismissed and will not be tried.

Qualls was considered to be a key figure in the coordinated arrests, according to police. A Washington State Patrol officer who was the primary witness against Qualls, underwent surgery this summer and was not available for the Aug. 20 trial. Goldendale police Lt. Reggie Bartkowski says the prosecutor’s office was notified about the unavailability of th...

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