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Vancouver man sentenced to work release on marijuana charge

A 47-year-old Vancouver man was sentenced Thursday in Clark County Superior Court to 75 days of work release for a single count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. He is the third defendant to be sentenced tied to what law enforcement described as a large-scale marijuana operation.

Ronnie R. Geeslin pleaded guilty to the felony charge and was sentenced by Judge John Fairgrieve. Geeslin received a punishment similar in severity to his co-defendants, said Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino.

Hoang Van Do and Thanh Hoang Do were sentenced in November to a month of work crew. They both pleaded guilty to a single charge of manufacturing marijuana.

The case of a another defendant, Andy Dung Dau, is pending, Gasperino said. Court records show Dau served time in prison for a federal marijuana manufacturing charge. Dau’s trial is scheduled for March 16.

All of the men originally faced charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to deliver marijuana, according to the prosecutor.

The men were arrested following raids on multiple properties in the Vancouver-area in September.

Troopers, with assistance from the Vancouver Police Department, seized three guns, about 950 marijuana plants, 50 pounds of processed marijuana and three vehicles during the raids, Washington State Patrol Sgt. Ryan Tanner previously told The Columbian.

According to a probable cause affidavit, law enforcement seized 259 plants from Dau’s home in the 3500 block of Northeast 165th Court. At another one of his properties, 69 plants were found. Dau admitted to investigators he was growing marijuana and planning to sell it to supplement his income.

In the probable cause affidavit for Hoang Van Do’s case, investigators wrote that they found 85 plants at his home in the 7000 block of Northeast 28th Avenue and an additional 241 plants at a property in the 5700 block of Northeast 68th Avenue, where he said he tended a garden. Hoang Van Do told investigators he sold marijuana to friends only.

Troopers seized 293 marijuana plants from two properties owned by Thanh Hoang Do; Geeslin was living at one of those homes, located on Ward Road, according to probable cause affidavits. In an interview, Geeslin said he was growing and distributing marijuana to friends and family.


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