Undercover buys led to Moscow drug bust


The pair arrested last week in a major drug bust is being held on bail for $250,000 in the Latah County Jail.

Lee J. Thang, 42, and Jeanie L. Lee, 30, both of Moscow, were arrested Friday after detectives seized approximately seven ounces of heroin, 13 ounces of methamphetamine, a handgun and thousands of dollars in cash from two downtown Moscow apartments.

Detectives from the Quad Cities Drug Task Force, Moscow Police and Idaho State police departments allege that Lee and Thang, the owner of Hi-Tek Nails & Tanning, have supplied large amounts of narcotics to the region since at least January.

Moscow Police Chief David Duke said law enforcement officials received information in late 2013 that the pair was trafficking narcotics and implemented an initial “controlled buy” on Jan. 8. Since then, officials continued undercover work and at one point, Duke said, had to replace a confidential informant.

Additional controlled buys were necessary to show that Lee and Thang were trafficking narcotics and not simply in possession, Duke said.

The narcotics seized on Friday had an estimated street value of more than $30,000 dollars.

Lee and Thang were charged with 16 felony counts related to trafficking, delivery and conspiracy to deliver illegal drugs. They are scheduled to appear in Latah County District Court on Oct. 28 for a preliminary hearing.

The Quad Cities Drug Task Force is a government-funded coalition of law enforcement agencies in several Washington and Idaho counties.

On Oct. 10, the task force arrested 21-year-old WSU student Andrew P. Rega after seizing approximately $12,000’s worth of cocaine from his home. Rega pleaded not guilty to six felony drug charges Friday in Whitman County Superior Court. His jury trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 15.​

Reporting by Chad Sokol