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35 members of violent drug trafficking ring arrested in Western Washington

June 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
35 members of violent drug trafficking ring arrested in Western Washington

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35 members of violent drug trafficking ring arrested in Western Washington

Federal authorities arrested around three dozen people connected with a violent drug trafficking ring in Western Washington.

Federal law enforcement agents served search warrants in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Skagit and Thurston counties arresting 35 people on Wednesday, KOMO News reports.

Seattle U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says it was the fourth in a series of joint federal-state takedowns of drug organizations in the area in recent months, leading to more than 80 arrests in all.

Investigators say the defendants have been involved in trafficking meth, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and marijuana.

According to prosecutors, associates of some of the arrested traffickers have been killed in shootings in King County. Some of the defendants were recorded on wiretaps discussing the shootings and planning to obtain guns.

In addition to drugs and guns, agents on Wednesday seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.

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