Drugs trafficking organizations busted in raids | DEA and King County Sheriffs Office

More than 40 people have been arrested in Western Washington and  elsewhere in two distinct drug trafficking investigations.  The investigation lead by the Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in 22 arrests on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.  A second investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security

Investigations (ICE-HSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)  resulted in an additional 23 arrests today.  Both drug organizations were distributing substantial quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.  On some occasions one group would obtain  drugs from the other to meet the needs of their customers.  The drugs were transported, sometimes in hidden compartments, from Mexico, through Arizona and California and into  King, Pierce, Skagit and Snohomish Counties for distribution.

In Wednesday’s raid agents seized 28 pounds of heroin, five pounds of cocaine and two  pounds of methamphetamine.  Over the course of the investigation they seized more than $320,000 in cash, 44 pounds of heroin, 9 pounds of cocaine and 17 pounds of methamphetamine.

The totals for today’s operation are still being tallied.  To date in this investigation agents  have seized more than 20 pounds of heroin, more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, more than $190,000 in cash and 31 firearms – including 10 assault style rifles.

The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Both of these operations were Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force

(OCDETF) investigations, providing supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved.

The DEA led investigation involved officers and agents from South Snohomish County  Drug Task Force and King County


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