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January 9, 2015 at 2:38 PM

British man faces federal charges for making hash oil

The Associated Press

A British man who was running a medical-marijuana operation in Puyallup faces federal charges of manufacturing hash oil.

Andre Lempriere, who has been in the U.S. illegally, also was charged in federal court with illegally possessing a dozen firearms.

Lempriere was initially charged in state court in October, but federal officials moved his case this week to the federal system. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle says the state charges will be dismissed. She says authorities moved the case to federal court as part of a crackdown on hash-oil operations, which have caused numerous explosions and fires.

Lempriere’s lawyer, Jay Berneburg, says federal prosecutors were “forum shopping.” He says Lempriere’s hash-oil production was part of his medical-marijuana operation and was legal under state law.

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