Court report

MOUNT VERNON — The former franchise owner and manager of a Mount Vernon motel that was closed in June 2020 due to unsafe methamphetamine levels pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to the motel.

Ashoo Ohri, 60, pleaded guilty in Skagit County Superior Court to one count each of unlawful use of a building for drug purposes, second-degree promoting prostitution and conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Ohri’s motel, the former Best Western College Way Inn, was closed by order of Skagit County Public Health in June 2020 after the Mount Vernon Police Department and Skagit County Interlocal Drug Enforcement Unit deemed the motel was a hub of criminal activity.

During the investigation, detectives were able to speak with several people, including Ohri, who allegedly admitted to knowing there was drug use and sales and prostitution happening in certain rooms.

Ohri was sentenced to three months in jail, an agreed upon recommendation. He will also serve one year of community custody.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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