A Bonney Lake man was arrested this week in connection with a multi-state drug trafficking network.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Charles Joslyn, 38, was one of 29 arrests made around Dec. 5 and 6, out of a total 51 felony warrants.
The arrests are a culmination of 18 months of investigation, which started with a drug seizure by the Bremerton Police Department. More than 40 law enforcement departments participated in the investigation, including the Bonney Lake Police Department.
Over the course of a year and a half, law enforcement “seized thousands of counterfeit oxycodone pills tainted with fentanyl, a powerful and potentially deadly opioid,” the press release stated.
On Nov. 28, officers seized 13 pounds of heroin in the engine compartment of a semi-truck driven by a frequent smuggler of the drug ring, and on Dec. 6, seized 39 firearms and more than 4 kilos of heroin.
According to the Justice Department, the drug trafficking ring distributed drugs in Washington, New York, Arizona, Oregon, California, Tenessee, and Utah, and used a cryptocurrency business in California to launder and transfer money to Moxico, where the drugs originated.
The owner of that business has also been arrested and charged.
“Overdoses involving fentanyl are growing at an alarming rate in Washington State,” U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in the press release. “We are committed to bringing all needed resources to identifying and prosecuting groups that distribute this deadly poison in our communities. I commend the Drug Enforcement Administration and their federal, state and local law enforcement partners who developed the evidence that led to the arrests that occurred today.”
Other local arrests include Juan Aviles Berrelleza of Kent, 23, Uriel Zelaya of Auburn, 22, Monique Green of Federal Way, 40, Josh Mendicola of Graham, 27, Timmy Crawford of Auburn, 60, and Blake Hynek of Edgewood, 29.