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By Brandon Cline

Police complete sting operation


August 23, 2017

The Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) made several arrests in a four-day span between Aug. 10 and Aug. 14, including a sting operation that centered around the illegal purchasing of huckleberries.

According to a press release, the KCSO began an investigation on Aug. 10 that involved the illegal purchasing of huckleberries by Leslie Blankenship, 83. In Washington State, it is against the law to sell or purchase huckleberries prior to Aug. 14, with or without a Specialized Forest Product Permit.

With assistance from the U.S. Forest Service, the KCSO caught Blankenship buying huckleberries from undercover agents at his place of business on Aug. 10. Probable cause was thereby establ...

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