Two major drug rings were the focus of a two-day raid that led to the arrest of 36 suspects in Western Washington and the seizure of drugs, cash and guns, according to federal authorities.
Additional suspects were arrested in New York, Utah and Arizona.
On Wednesday, 19 people were arrested locally and another suspect was arrested in New York as a result of an investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration along with members of the South Snohomish County Drug Task Force and the King County Sheriff’s Office. Federal agents and detectives seized 28 pounds of heroin, 5 pounds of cocaine and two pounds of methamphetamine on Wednesday alone.
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, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. It is not clear how long the investigation had been underway.
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Seventeen suspects were arrested in Western Washington on Thursday, along with two people in Utah and three in Arizona. Results of that investigation — which was led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives — were still being tallied Thursday afternoon, but included 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 news release says.
Both drug organizations were distributing methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, according to the news release. On some occasions, one of the groups would obtain drugs from the other to meet the needs of their customers. The drugs were transported from Mexico, through Arizona and California and into King, Pierce, Skagit and Snohomish counties for distribution.
Several local law enforcement agencies and drug task forces participated in the raids.