A Washington real estate agent arrested in a high-profile bust a decade ago is once again on the news — on Tuesday, police in Spokane, Washington, detained more than 20 people in a drug raid at a house co-owned by Joseph G. Ward.

Back in 2009, the local agent and owner of Pinnacle Realty was arrested on 10 stolen property charges after investigators found methamphetamine and property from several burglaries at his home in Nine Mile Falls, Washington.

Two days ago, police once again found piles of cash and the drug methamphetamine in another house, this one at 803 S. Pines Road in Spokane Valley, registered to a company co-owned by Ward, now 70, a local news outlet reports.

Joseph G. Ward. Police photo

In a SWAT raid that took more than an hour, the police detained 20 people, arresting two; Ward was not one of the two arrested. Apparently, the home had been under investigation for more than a year — some witnesses told police that it was used as a place where people would come to buy meth and heroin.

One witness even said one of the rooms had a “gallon-sized bag full of methamphetamine” hidden away in one of the bedrooms.

As a first-time offender in the 2009 arrest, Ward was able to avoid drug charges and get only six days of jail time and $68,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to the stolen property charges.

As part of his release, Ward was prohibited from owning controlled substances and having contact with convicted felons and drug offenders.

At the moment, he is listed as a co-owner of three Spokane-area real estate companies based out of the same house that was raided nine years ago.

At the time, local residents responded in shock about the news of a well-known real estate agent being tied up in a drug bust.

“He’s not your ordinary Realtor,” developer Dave Black said to a local paper at the time. “He’s one of the best.”

Ward did not respond for either Inman’s or other requests for comment.

Email Veronika Bondarenko

Show Comments Hide Comments

Comments

Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
Success!
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
We're giving away 3 free ICLV tickets at Connect Now next week. Register and attend live for your chance to win!REGISTER×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription