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.