DEA arrests 13 in Pierce County drug sweep

Staff writerFebruary 25, 2014 

A federal sweep in Pierce County netted a dozen people who faced drug trafficking offenses in federal court in Tacoma on Tuesday.

Officials served 17 search warrants Sunday and Monday, seizing 50 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine and two gallons of liquid meth that was being converted to crystal.

The wire-tap investigation uncovered a laboratory in Spanaway used in converting the drugs, and identified suspects involved in distributing meth and heroin around Western Washington.

The 13 arrested ranged in age from 20 to 58, and were from Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup, Kent and Oakland, Calif. All but one was in court Tuesday.

Warrants were served at 15 locations in Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup, Milton, Graham, Spanaway and Kent, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said 66 pounds of crystal meth, 2.5 pounds of heroin and $310,000 was seized during the year-long investigation. Law enforcement also took 25 vehicles, some that had hidden compartments for contraband, prosecutors said. Of seven firearms seized, three had been stolen.

The DEA office in Tacoma led the investigation, along with the Tahoma Narcotics Enforcement Team, Lakewood police, the West Sound Narcotics Team and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

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