Mukilteo home raided as part of DEA operation

Drugs, firearms, money, seized throughout Western Washington
By Brandon Gustafson | Jun 13, 2018

A house in Mukilteo was raided as part of a large DEA operation that took place in five counties in Western Washington last Wednesday, June 6.

The Mukilteo house associated with the operation is in the 4800 block of 72nd Place SW, located right behind the dirt soccer field at Mukilteo Elementary.

In a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said federal, state, and local officers collaborated to conduct a fourth major drug trafficking ring takedown, and resulted in 35 arrests on drug and gun charges.

This is the fourth such takedown in the last four months.

“Over the last four months, more than 80 drug dealing conspirators moving meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl have been taken off our streets where they preyed on destructive addictions and used gun crime to further their trade,” said U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes. “For more than a year, local police worked with federal partners to build these cases, with the goal of addressing the shifting crime problems in South Sound communities.”

In the operation last Wednesday, law enforcement seized 12 pounds of heroin, more than 2 kilos of cocaine, a pound of methamphetamine, 124 pounds of marijuana, 41 firearms, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.

The four operations together have seized a total of 75 guns, 95 pounds of methamphetamine, 32 pounds of heroin, 7 pounds of cocaine, along with ecstasy, fentanyl, over $300,000 in cash, and 22 vehicles.

“Today, hundreds of law enforcement professionals came together to make our neighborhoods safer, taking criminals and drugs off the street and possibly saving lives,” said Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best last Wednesday.

“As a former narcotics commander, I recognize the tireless work that goes into these investigations. Together with our federal and local partners, we have orchestrated one of the largest investigations in recent memory.”

Information regarding the Mukilteo house associated in the operation is unclear at this point, according to the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“The defendant associated with a house in Mukilteo is not yet in custody, so I have little information to release,” U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Affairs Officer Emily Langlie said in an email to The Beacon.

“The search warrant return has not been done and probably won't for a week or so due to massive enforcement operations yesterday,” Jodie Underwood, the press contact for the DEA, said.

According to the release, more than 50 federal, state, and local agencies assisted with the Wednesday operation, including the Mukilteo Police Department and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

When asked for comment, the Mukilteo Police Department referred The Beacon to the DEA as it was a federal operation.

Mukilteo Police Chief Cheol Kang said one officer from the department was at the house when SWAT members did their operation, and that they were there to let bystanders know the loud banging sounds were flash grenades and not weapons firing.

 

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