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Flamin' Joes owner released on $150K bond

SPOKANE, Wash. - Sally Guthrie, a restaurant owner arrested during a series of DEA raids early Thursday morning, was released on bail Friday morning.

Federal magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno said that due to a lack of criminal history and her ties to the Spokane community, Guthrie did not pose a flight risk. The court then agreed to release Guthrie on a $150,000 bond.

Because of Guthrie's financial assets, the court also ruled she did not qualify for a federal public defender. Guthrie is the owner of three Flamin' Joes franchises in north Spokane, Spokane Valley and on the South Hill.

Guthrie must reimburse the country for the public defender that represented her up until Friday morning's bail hearing.

Imbrogno also imposed a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, ordered Guthrie to surrender her red Hummer to the DEA, is subject to random drug testing and cannot communicate with her co-defendants.

The Hummer was seized as an alleged ill-gotten gain; Guthrie is facing conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance charge.

The raid, which included 41 arrests in  and 43 locations in Washington and California, alleged that the co-defendants were involved in a massive Oxycontin ring spreading from Los Angeles to Spokane.