Spokane police raided Lonnie's Garage at 9th Avenue and Perry Street on the South Hill Wednesday, saying the business was allegedly operating as a front for illegal drug sales.
Neighbors say they're not surprised police were able to make several undercover buys through Lonnie's Garage, which is directly across from Grant Elementary School in the South Perry District.
Long before Lonnie Sandros wound up in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon, detectives were carefully watching his garage and periodically sending in undercover buyers.
Sometimes it take a long time to get inside, get to know the players and get the probable cause they need for police to make an arrest.
"Sometimes it might not be visible that we're working on it but we had undercover officers working in this area to do drug buys so that we're able to execute a search warrant and arrest these people," Spokane police Corporal Lydia Taylor said.
Last week detectives bought either meth or hydrocodone through the garage and that's why Sandros was arrested Tuesday on an unlawful use of a building for drug purposes charge.