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$82,000 found in Tacoma home of man charged with distributing drugs

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2013 at 11:23 am with No Comments »
February 8, 2013 11:23 am

Federal agents found $82,000 stashed in the home of a Tacoma man charged Thursday with 11 others in an alleged drug dealing ring that sold heroine, cocaine and methamphetamine in Western Washington over the last five years.

Gilberto Salazar-Rojas is one of 12 people federally charged with conspiring to distribute controlled substances.

Drug Enforcement Agency officers served 16 search warrants on Wednesday, one of which was at Salazar-Rojas’ Tacoma home on E. 56th Street.

They seized 10 kilograms of cocaine, more than four pounds of heroin, more than a pound of meth, about 3.5 ounces of crack cocaine, 10 guns, and more than $400,000, DEA spokeswoman Jodie Underwood said.

The DEA tapped three cell phones in October, including Salazar-Rojas’, and recorded multiple conversations conducted in Spanish and the Mixteco Bajo language.

The conversations were about drug and money transactions, records indicate.

Over the course of 25 days, agents said Salazar-Rojas gave one woman 18.5 ounces of cocaine, which she planned to sell.

After serving the search warrants, agents found $82,000 and scales in Salazar-Rojas’ Tacoma home. They also allegedly discovered 100 grams of crack cocaine and three kilograms of cocaine at a stash house he used in Renton.

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