It was potentially a very rough morning for anyone local and federal law enforcement officials suspect of being in the cocaine or heroin business. KING 5 reports officers conducted a series of early morning raids today, targeting drug traffickers in Washington and three other states - Colorado, Texas and Utah. Sources tell KING 5 the early-morning raids in our state were mainly in Snohomish County.
The news comes just one day after federal agents conducted a number of similar drug raids throughout Western Washington. Yesterday's action also included raids in other states, according to KIRO 7.
KIRO's Deborah Horne spoke to Steve Norton, a neighbor of one of the suspected drug traffickers arrested Wednesday. Norton tells KIRO he was lying in bed when he heard the bullhorn.
From KIRO's story:
"I saw all the blue lights and stuff outside the window (and) I'm thinking, 'This is really bad. This is really, really bad. I don't remember doing anything this bad,' and I look out the window and realize they're focused on here,'" Norton said.
KIRO reports that yesterday's raids were part of an attempt to bring down a multi-state drug-trafficking operation.
According to court documents, Norton's neighbor was part of a drug ring trafficking in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in what federal agents said was a multi-state conspiracy. Agents used wire taps and GPS devices to trace the ring all the way to New York state. Locally, transactions were made in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
The Herald in Everett reported yesterday that a home in the Lynwood area was also part of Wednesday's raids, and that the "three county sweep" resulted in two dozen arrests.