Douglas Spink, 39, has lived a varied life
. He made a fortune in Oregon buying and selling small companies in the 1990s. In 2002 he filed for bankruptcy as creditors sought millions from him, and he began running cocaine and marijuana across the border for a local drug kingpin. It all collapsed when he was arrested in 2005 after investigators pulled him over with a load of nearly 375 pounds of cocaine, valued at $34 million.
Released but under mandatory supervision for five years, he retreated to a ramshackle, heavily wooded compound near the Canadian border. It is there he is alleged to have provided animals for the sexual pleasure of his international guests.
A visitor from the United Kingdom has also been charged in the case. The Vancouver Sun reports
, seized "videos included images of a man, who was also found on Spink's property, having sex with several large-breed dogs. The man, a 51-year-old British national, was arrested for investigation of four counts of bestiality... He is being held in the Whatcom County Jail in lieu of $150,000. The man was later identified as Stephen Clarke
The details are graphic, disturbing and unbelievable. According to Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo, whose office assisted federal agents in the case, "This stuff is just truly bizarre. These were mice that had their tails cut off, they were smothered in Vaseline and they had string tied around them."
Douglas Spink appeared
before a federal magistrate in Seattle on Friday, where he was ordered held until another hearing scheduled for April 30. If convicted of probation violation, Spink could face up to five years in prison.