Warrants served in Tacoma, Puyallup and Auburn for federal drug-trafficking bust

Staff writerSeptember 4, 2013 

During a drug trafficking bust today that netted eight arrests, federal agents served search warrants at houses in Tacoma, Puyallup and Auburn, among others.

None of the eight men taken into custody are from Pierce County. Victor Cruz, 40, of Auburn, was indicted on suspicion of distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine.

The alleged drug traffickers used stash houses throughout the Pacific Northwest and conducted most of their deals at a Mexican restaurant in Seattle, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“The members of this drug trafficking conspiracy brought meth, cocaine and heroin to our communities preying on those with addictions to line their own pockets,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said.

The investigation began in November 2011, court records show. Agents began watching the suspected traffickers bring drugs up from California and sell them at multiple locations, including auto wrecking yards in Auburn and restaurants at the Southcenter shopping mall.

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