Woman living in former home of Oxycontin drug ring suspect 'shocked'

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 9:24 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A massive Oxycontin bust in Spokane grabbed a Liberty Lake woman’s attention all because of where she lives. Julie Heckerman said that one of the suspects sold her a home. 

Heckerman told KREM 2 News that she bought her home from Sally Gurthrie who was arrested on Thursday.

"Totally shocked, totally shocked didn't have any idea she'd be into that. We knew she owned some Flamin' Joes restaurants so it sounded completely out of what you would expect," said Heckerman.

The Liberty Lake woman added that Gurthrie sold the house to her last summer.

Gurthrie, 49, owns several Flamin’ Joe’s restaurants in the Spokane area. DEA officials named Gurthrie on Thursday after they searched her condo along West First Ave. Gurthrie was also arrested and accused of being involved in a multi-city drug ring.

Guthrie was granted $150,000 bond following a hearing on Friday morning.  A judge ordered Guthrie to submit to random drug testing and be monitored with an ankle bracelet if she was released. Lawyers said that Guthrie is also forbidden to send or receive messages from defendants or witnesses in the case. The judge demanded she be kept under a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Authorities said Guthrie has family ties in the Spokane area and has lived in the city for 19 years.

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