Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)

Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)

More than 20 arrested across the Puget Sound in drug distribution conspiracy

DOJ says law enforcement agencies seized over 70 guns and hundreds of thousands in cash.

Twenty-one people were arrested April 7 on indictments and criminal complaints charging an extensive drug dealing conspiracy by defendants who often illegally possessed firearms, according to U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman.

Law enforcement teams from the FBI, DEA, Seattle Police Department and other public safety organizations executed about 90 search warrants across the Puget Sound region from as far north as Everett and as far south as Spanaway.

In addition to 16 of the 19 people named in the indictments, five additional defendants were arrested on criminal complaints. Those arrested will make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in Seattle and Tacoma over the next few days.

Nineteen defendants are charged in four related indictments with both drug and gun crimes. Multiple defendants in the April 7 takedown have criminal histories that preclude them from legally possessing firearms, according to the Department of Justice.

Prior to the takedown, 33 firearms were seized from drug traffickers identified in this case. On April 7, another 40 firearms were seized by law enforcement.

Those named in the indictments include:

Eugene McGee, 54, of Federal Way

Larry W. Collins, 48, of Seattle

Johnathan F. Harrington, 43, of Seattle

Randolph P. Brown, 48 of Federal Way

Marco Calvert-Majors, 51, of Seattle

David A. Kelley, 52, of Seattle

Adam Anderson-Dotson, 41, of Seattle

Jerrell G. Ingram, 42, of Seattle

Kefentse Lumumba-Olabisi, 40, of Tacoma

Kenneth N. Lee, 58, of Tacoma

Edward Coleman, 65, of Tacoma

Jimmy J. Carter, 42, of Spanaway

Kevin L. Gipson, 45, of Seattle

Curtis G. Snipes, 50, of Tacoma

Richard D. Lewis, 47, of Seattle

Yusef H. Parrish, 51, of Seattle

Terry Cameron, 61, of Federal Way

Michael L. Hopkins, 51, of Tacoma

Jamar J. Howard, 48, of Renton

The defendants are all charged with drug distribution counts involving possession of cocaine and crack cocaine. Brown, Kelley, Parrish and Snipes are charged with gun possession crimes, including being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The five defendants arrested on criminal complaints today include:

Craig Jordan, 51, of Seattle

Carlos Daniels, 51, of Bellevue

Devon Evans, 46, of Seattle

Cesar Clemente, 41, of Renton

Terry Ezell, 54, of Seattle

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.

Over the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized 33 firearms, over 10 kilos of cocaine, more than two pounds of methamphetamine, more than $160,000 in cash, fentanyl pills and a fentanyl pill manufacturing lab. On April 7, law enforcement seized an additional 40 firearms, nearly $450,000 in cash and nearly 4 pounds of cocaine.

The investigation was led by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force with key participation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Seattle Police Gang and Narcotics Units, Homeland Security Investigation, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

According to the DOJ press release, the arrests and searches involved teams from FBI, DEA, Seattle PD, HSI, U.S. Marshal Service, Lakewood Police Department SWAT, Tacoma Police Department SWAT, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, North Sound Metro SWAT, Washington State Patrol SWAT, Valley SWAT, Kent PD, Renton PD, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, WA Liquor & Cannabis Board, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and Narcotics/Currency/Firearms K9 support from Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Centralia PD, Washington State Patrol, Snoqualmie PD, Auburn PD, Stillaguamish PD, Bothell PD, Anacortes PD, Puyallup PD, King County Sheriff’s Office, and Tacoma PD.


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