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Sumner man arrested in drug ring operation

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 10, 2007 at 8:18 am with No Comments »
April 10, 2007 8:18 am

A Sumner man was among six people arrested early Monday as part of a suspected heroin and cocaine distribution ring operating in King and Snohomish counties.

In addition to the arrests, investigators seized $260,000 in cash, 23 pounds of heroin and 33 pounds of cocaine while serving search warrants on several vehicles and addresses.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the arrests followed a nine-month investigation spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force.

Agents suspect the organization was transporting heroin and cocaine from Mexico and distributing it in the two counties.

Agents used a confidential informant and court-authorized wire taps of the lead suspect’s telephone as part of the investigation, the office reported. That leader told the informant he was “untouchable” by law enforcement.

(Ironically, the agents named this case “Los Intocables or “The Untouchables.”)

The ringleader recently enrolled at the University of Washington-Bothell campus. The 27-year-old Bothell resident has been indicted, along with the Sumner man and four others.

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