Federal agents targeted two drug trafficking rings in Western Washington this week, arresting more than 40 people accused of selling drugs in Pierce, King, Skagit and Snohomish counties.
The rings were bringing methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin into the region from Mexico, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The two investigations were coordinated.
The one led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration led to the arrest of 22 people and the confiscation of 44 pounds of heroin, 9 pounds of cocaine, 17 pounds of meth and more than $320,000 in cash.
A second investigation was led by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Agents for that investigation were still tallying the arrests they made, but they said they seized more than 20 pounds of heroin, 30 pounds of meth, $190,000 in cash and 31 guns, including 10 assault-style rifles.
Stacia Glenn, stacia.glenn @thenewstribune.com